Roger Ressmeyer

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Roger Ressmeyer, CEO & Founder. An industry veteran, Ressmeyer has held senior management positions at both Getty Images and Corbis Corp., Bill Gates’ privately-owned image archive. As Getty Images’ VP of Strategy & Corporate Development, he put together their Image Partner program, created the Photographer’s Choice brand and in 2001 negotiated the company’s artist contract with the Stock Artists Alliance. Prior to these corporate positions, Ressmeyer was a National Geographic and Time/Life assignment photographer specializing in space, high tech, medicine and the physical sciences. Earlier in his career, he photographed hundreds of rock stars, writers, politicians and business leaders for book jackets, record albums and dozens of major publications including Smithsonian, Geo, Stern, Paris Match, Newsweek, People and Rolling Stone. He owned and operated the Starlight Photo Agency for 14 years until July 1995, when it became Corbis’ first major acquisition. Ressmeyer is a graduate of Yale University and a winner of first place POY (Pictures of the Year) and World Press Photo awards. He is the author of several books including Space Places, is one of Canon’s renowned “Explorers of Light”, and is a former president of PACA, the Picture Archive Council of America. He lives on Mercer Island, Washington with his two children, Ryan and Rachel.