Stock images are defined by their general nature, which generally is not specific to one subject, and instead could be applied to many contexts. The aim of stock photography is to produce background images that could be used in various different situations, namely advertising. These photographs are therefore rarely considered to be newsworthy, but instead are appealing to businesses for a variety of reasons, based on their own work. These have been used since the use of photography in advertisements in magazines and weekly periodicals began around the turn of the 20th century and are still largely in use today in many advertisements that do not directly show the product. Additionally, in the early days of the use of stock photography in advertising, many copies of the same photograph could be sold to multiple publications, as the photograph syndication, in this case Underwood and Underwood, would retain the rights to the pictures they sold.
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