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Seattle-based Queerstock (www.queerstock.com ) and New York-based Retna (www.retna.com ) have announced a collaboration to license Retna's gay-related celebrity and historical images through the Queerstock website. "We're delighted to include the vibrant images long offered by Retna," says Queerstock principal Sharon Dodge. "This is a time of huge cultural shift; the interest and excitement is there for this content." Retna's extensive historical and contemporary celebrity collection includes such archival material as images of Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde and Gertrude Stein, as well as contemporary queer icons like Madonna, notes Dodge. "Of course, the world of celebrity photography has long celebrated the creative queer community," adds Retna principal Julie Grahame. "Bringing these images out of the closet and placing them in a queer context was a natural choice." Seen here are some sample images from the collection. Yes, that's George Michael as a lobster.

South Pasadena, Calif.-based PictureArts, www.picturearts.com, which manages the FoodPix, Brand X Pictures and Botanica collections, has announced an agreement to acquire Nonstock's rights-managed picture collection. New York-based Nonstock (www.nonstock.com ), which was created in 1994 by Jerry Tavin and Janou Pakter as an alternative-image source, now represents over 40,000 pictures from 500 artists and is distributed worldwide. "I'm confident that PictureArts will be able to take Nonstock in the direction it needs to go for further growth," says Tavin, who is now senior consultant for artist and international relations at PictureArts. The integration of Nonstock's New York office with PictureArts' operations is expected to be completed by the end of this summer.

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