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04-17-2015, 08:37 PM   #1
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The story of how major newspapers lost their photo archives and the businessman who m

Whatever else you might say about him, John Rogers was clearly one hell of a salesman.

After first buying up several high-profile collections of sports memorabilia, the Little Rock entrepreneur hit on the idea of talking big-city newspapers out of their predigital photo archives. The basic deal being that after negotiating a price, his Rogers Photo Archive would send a truck or two up, package the not-so-orderly files of old photos and negatives and haul them back to Arkansas. There his staff would painstakingly scan and organize the material. This would allow the papers to have far more convenient access to their archives — and gave Rogers the photographs and shared rights to the images.

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That story left me wanting more. We know Rogers is in some hot water but exactly how did he get there? Being sued for unpaid bills. Why? Did selling the photos he acquired the rights to turn out to be not as profitable as he thought? The story references that he had a staff of around 100. That costs a lot of money but there were no quotes from any of the (presumably now) former employees alleging anything. Strange.
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I know what you mean. I went looking and came away with a pretty fragmented story. There seems to be a much larger more interesting overall story, but every one just has their own little sliver view of it...

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