UPI Newspictures Chooses Digital Railroad Platform for Historic Image Collection

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For the first time, more than 300,000 historic UPI images are presented digitally to the photo-buying public in one online searchable archive.

Digital Railroad http://www.digitalrailroad.net and United Press International (UPI) http://www.upinewspictures.com announced today that UPI has chosen Digital Railroad's technology to distribute and license its Newspictures image collections.

For the first time, more than 300,000 historic UPI images are presented digitally to the photo-buying public in one online searchable archive. The images, which include current and historical events, as well as exclusive collections of public figures, can be licensed for editorial purposes.

"We are impressed and excited about the possibilities of Digital Railroad's platform and upcoming Marketplace to market, leverage and deliver our Newspictures so the world can see our prestigious collections," said Adriana Avakian, UPI Director, Marketing and Licensing. "The images have tremendous documentary value, as well as the ability to give a lot of emotion back to the public."

In addition to world events, the archives will include rights-managed images of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Fidel Castro, B.B. King, the Rev. Billy Graham, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Raquel Welch, and political figures such as Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher and Ariel Sharon. UPI Newspictures' photographers have been the recipients of several Pulitzer prizes and dozens of industry awards.

"UPI Newspictures offers a perfect example of why we develop our technology--to give large and small archives the ability to manage, market and sell their images more easily to photo buyers," said Evan Nisselson, Digital Railroad CEO and founder. "We are honored that UPI Newspictures has selected Digital Railroad technology to digitally distribute some of the world's most important images as it enters its second century of service."

About UPI

Since 1907, UPI has been a leading content provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices throughout the world, UPI's content is distributed to thousands of new media, newspapers, magazines, policy groups and academic institutions worldwide. UPI's daily coverage includes domestic and international top news, entertainment, and sports, and is presented in text, video, and photo formats. UPI is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

About Digital Railroad

Digital Railroad is the trusted provider of online technology and services for the global community of buyers and sellers of professional photography. Digital Railroad members actively manage images on topics such as sports, news, celebrity, commercial, nature and stock. Digital Railroad's comprehensive suite of online services transforms the way photographers and agencies manage, market and sell images worldwide.

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