Let us start by acknowledging three universal facts. First: stock photography sites are packed, in surprisingly equal measures, with both great and terrible images. Second: something about the truly terrible images—as opposed to the merely uninspired ones—can be thunderously beautiful. Third: The two previous statements form an interesting tension worthy of examination. Why are bad images so very intriguing? Here’s why: Stock photography is hedged on all sides, both by unspoken “rules” and the inchoate needs of image-searchers. Bad examples of those rules reveal the buried conventions of the form.
Also obviously, an attractive woman in a business suit. Plenty of pent-up demand for those elements.
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