The company profile (below) is a nostalgic reminder from the mid 1980s when stock photography was becoming a specialty in its own right . About five years later, Slidefile began the transition from analogue, or film, to digital archives, which relied increasingly on keywords for sorting and retrieving images. Suppliers included both professional and amateur photographers, and later syndicated stock from overseas agencies. Clients were mostly publishers, designers, advertising agencies and printers .
In those early years photo agencies were generally established and ran by photographers, until the late 1990s when consolidation began, particularly through Corbis and Getty Images. Increasingly the agencies were ran by ex merchant bankers and accountants, rather than photographers. It was the beginning of the end!.