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Can you recommend a good stock image collection?
Instead of using pay per use (iStock photo) or a subscription service (Shutterstock), I want to buy an entire image collection that I only have to pay for once, and after the payment I want to be able to use the image on any website I build.
The only thing like this I've seen is Art Explosion, which provides a library of photographs (and clip art) in one CD for $99.
Are there any other good ones I can use?
All of the above would be a good place to start as each offers a broad range of subject matters. Getty are the most expensive though, so be warned in advance.
As a suggestion, the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA) may prove useful as they have a searchable database of members, many of whom offer Royalty Free collections and individual images.
As Matt Probert says though, it depends on what you're looking for. There are innumerable smaller libraries out there specialising in just about anything you could think of.
If you're only going to have an online relationship with them, then you shouldn't have any problems.
Based on your requirements, Ingram may be worth a closer look. They do some great CD compilations (Platinum & Gold series, I think) of what I would call "every day" pics at very good prices - around £120 for as many as 1,000 hi-res images, if I recall correctly.
The only point to consider with the subscription model, bearing in mind that you'll need to sign up for 12 months, is whether you have sufficient need for images to justify the total annual fee.