Is This Stock Photography Model The Most Downloaded Man In The World?

Fed up with losing customers to stock photography sites, Brazilian photographer Fernando Martins flew to Denmark to meet Jesper Bruun, "the world’s most downloaded man."

You'd be hard-pressed to find a professional photographer not worried about losing at least some business to the ubiquitous world of stock photography that has exploded over the last decade. With even major magazines using stock photos, many shutterbugs fear for their livelihood. Brazilian photographer Fernando Martins of Câmera Clara decided to meet the problem head-on, and flew to Denmark to meet stock model Jesper Bruun, who the ad dubbed "the world's most downloaded man."

Apart from being a gleefully awkward advertisement for Câmera Clara, this video does highlight one major salient point. The work of Martins' that we see is incredibly high quality, and obviously very specific to each photo assignment he has. Stock photography survives by being as generic as possibly, hence the success of a handsome man looking excited about something.

Also interesting to note is that Jesper Bruun is repped by Yuri Arcurs, the dubbed "world's top selling microstock photographer." In a discussion on the Microstock Group forum, Arcurs expressed his dismay at not being contacted on the matter, saying:

Crazy video. I did not know about this. I have to be honest and say that I am not super happy about it because I do not think this video does justice to Jesper's character. I do not like that I was not contacted prior to the creation of it, because had the creator contacted me, I could have told him that Jesper is, in fact, not the most downloaded man in the world. He's far from, actually. Because of this, the video becomes a strange person's quest to make a youtube hit, for the sole purpose of self promotion, as we clearly see in the end of the video. Having Jesper read out loud a well-scripted statement about where to go if you want quality images, is in my eyes.... Well I probably should not say that here. The fact that Jesper is not the most downloaded male model unfortunately intrudes on the pride of some of my other models, which actually are the most downloaded in the world. We are in the process of filing for a Guinness World Record on behalf of our top female and male model, and when this goes through it will make this video seem a little silly and not very well researched. I also do not like that they got a hold of Jesper's personal contact information without my consent. This means that at least one of our distribution partners has broken our privacy policy, which we now have to spend time following up on.

So it seems Bruun might not be the most downloaded man on the internet after all.