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History

Founded 3 years ago as a humble Tumblr blog, Unsplash has grown into an industry-leading photography community. It’s become a source of inspiration for everyone from award-winning writers like Deepak Chopra to industry-titans like Apple, and millions of creators worldwide.

2017
May 9, 2017

Launch of the free Unsplash API.

Serving over 300M+ requests/month to over 7,000 developers including Trello, InVision, and Weebly.

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January 5, 2017

Hello, Unsplash, Inc.

Unsplash spins out from Crew and will now operate as its own company. Our aim is to make Unsplash the most enjoyable, inspirational community in the world. Join the community or apply here if you'd like to help build Unsplash full-time.

2016
December 1, 2016

Unsplash hits 1 billion photos viewed per month.

Over 3 photos are downloaded a second on Unsplash. And the Unsplash library has grown from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of photos. None of this would be possible without our community. One built on the principle of supporting creativity.

<p>Get a card. Support a creator. <a href="https://crew.co/store/">Unsplash Holiday Cards</a> were one-of-a-kind cards made by Unsplash creators. All profits were split with contributors.</p>
November 25, 2016

Unsplash Holiday Cards

Get a card. Support a creator. Unsplash Holiday Cards were one-of-a-kind cards made by Unsplash creators. All profits were split with contributors.

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<p>We introduced <a href="https://tv.unsplash.com/">Unsplash for Apple TV</a> bringing thousands of beautiful photos to your living room.</p>
October 25, 2016

Unsplash x Apple TV

We introduced Unsplash for Apple TV bringing thousands of beautiful photos to your living room.

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<p>Our community is quickly mapping the world in Creative Commons Zero photos.</p>
October 25, 2016

Unsplash photos covering the world.

Our community is quickly mapping the world in Creative Commons Zero photos.

May 27, 2016

Unsplash turns 3: Approaches 100 million downloads.

In 3 years, over 8.8 billion photos were viewed on Unsplash. And downloaded 92 million times.

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<p>We turned our office into a cafe workspace for creators. Story on <a href="https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063942/this-chic-co-working-space-revitalizes-a-grand-abandoned-bank">Fast Company</a>, <a href="http://hypebeast.com/2016/9/historic-montreal-bank-converted-startup-office-space">HypeBeast</a>, and <a href="http://thecoolhunter.net/crew-collective-co-working-share-space-montreal-canada/">Cool Hunter</a>.</p>
May 1, 2016

Introducing Unsplash HQ & Cafe

We turned our office into a cafe workspace for creators. Story on Fast Company, HypeBeast, and Cool Hunter.

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<p>SpaceX makes history landing the first rocket at sea. And giving that photo for anyone to use on Unsplash.</p>
April 8, 2016

SpaceX historic rocket sea landing on Unsplash.

SpaceX makes history landing the first rocket at sea. And giving that photo for anyone to use on Unsplash.

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<p>Apple iPad Pro launches with photos from Unsplash contributors <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/j0g8taxHZa0">Samuel Zeller</a> and <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/1CxphuiFS7Y">Anton Repponen</a>.</p>
March 21, 2016

Apple iPad x Unsplash

Apple iPad Pro launches with photos from Unsplash contributors Samuel Zeller and Anton Repponen.

February 25, 2016

Photos featured on Unsplash now viewed more than the frontpage of the New York Times.

With over 500 million photos viewed per month, Unsplash becomes the most viral photography platform in the world.

<p>"You'll be her favorite grandkid, Andrew, once you give Grandma the <a href="https://twitter.com/Pringles/status/699267404522606598">#LastPringle</a>." Original photo by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@alexharvey?photo=y0I85D5QKvs">Alex Harvey</a>.</p>
February 15, 2016

Pringles ad: May be one of the best things ever made with Unsplash.

"You'll be her favorite grandkid, Andrew, once you give Grandma the #LastPringle." Original photo by Alex Harvey.

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<p>You’re the curator now. <a href="https://unsplash.com/collections">Unsplash Collections</a> opens Unsplash up for anyone to create, sort, and share collections of Unsplash photos.</p>
February 1, 2016

Unsplash Collections: Searching Unsplash gets smarter.

You’re the curator now. Unsplash Collections opens Unsplash up for anyone to create, sort, and share collections of Unsplash photos.

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2015
<p>The first selfie on Unsplash comes from <a href="https://unsplash.com/@nasa">NASA</a>.</p>
December 1, 2015

We landed on the moon!

The first selfie on Unsplash comes from NASA.

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<p>Unsplash Book becomes the first fully crowdsourced open book featuring 250 pages of photos, essays, and art with contributors receiving a percentage of all profits. <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mikaelcho/the-unsplash-book">Featured by Kickstarter</a>.</p>
November 18, 2015

Introducing Unsplash Book

Unsplash Book becomes the first fully crowdsourced open book featuring 250 pages of photos, essays, and art with contributors receiving a percentage of all profits. Featured by Kickstarter.

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<p><a href="https://instant.unsplash.com/">Unsplash Instant</a> puts downloadable Unsplash photos in your browser tabs. Instant was created during our <a href="https://makeday.unsplash.com/">#makeday</a> hack event we have each month.</p>
November 9, 2015

Unsplash Instant launches

Unsplash Instant puts downloadable Unsplash photos in your browser tabs. Instant was created during our #makeday hack event we have each month.

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<p>What would you build with access to the most powerful photo engine in the world? We launched <a href="https://unsplash.com/developers">Unsplash API</a> to bring more exposure to contributors and make it even easier to build great things with Unsplash photos.</p>
August 26, 2015

Unsplash API launches: Putting 30,000 high-resolution free photos in your app.

What would you build with access to the most powerful photo engine in the world? We launched Unsplash API to bring more exposure to contributors and make it even easier to build great things with Unsplash photos.

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<p><a href="https://unsplash.com/collections/847/apple-x-unsplash">We partnered with Apple stores</a> in Montreal, Boston, and New York for Apple’s "Shot with iPhone" campaign. We <a href="https://twitter.com/unsplash/status/634161691652161536">turned Apple Stores into art galleries</a> with photos from Unsplash.</p>
August 19, 2015

Apple x Unsplash

We partnered with Apple stores in Montreal, Boston, and New York for Apple’s "Shot with iPhone" campaign. We turned Apple Stores into art galleries with photos from Unsplash.

<p>Over 30 events organized by local Unsplash Ambassadors.</p>
July 23, 2015

Unsplash Events go worldwide: From Tokyo to Seoul to Honolulu to London.

Over 30 events organized by local Unsplash Ambassadors.

May 27, 2015

Unsplash turns 2: Triples in 6 months.

Unsplash turns 2 and hits 30 million downloads from 15 thousand photos, by 8 thousand photographers.

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<p>Starting in our hometown of Montreal, we began <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/o/unsplash-8179069498">hosting events</a> to meet and connect our community.</p>
May 27, 2015

The First Unsplash Event

Starting in our hometown of Montreal, we began hosting events to meet and connect our community.

<p>We believe <a href="https://crew.co/labs/">making something useful</a> is the best marketing there is.</p>

<p><a href="https://crew.co/backstage/blog/how-side-projects-saved-our-startup">Full story</a> • <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/3042417/how-i-get-it-done/why-building-something-useful-for-others-is-the-best-marketing-there-is">Fast Company</a> • <a href="http://qz.com/281725/how-side-projects-saved-our-startup/">Quartz</a> • <a href="http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/are-side-projects-the-best-marketing.html">Inc</a></p>
February 18, 2015

Our way of doing business covered in Fast Company and Inc.

We believe making something useful is the best marketing there is.

Full storyFast CompanyQuartzInc

<p><a href="https://crew.co/blog/unsplash-search/">Unsplash Search</a> launches powered by hundreds of thousands of tags contributed by the Unsplash community.</p>
January 21, 2015

Unsplash Search

Unsplash Search launches powered by hundreds of thousands of tags contributed by the Unsplash community.

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2014
<p>Unsplash passes 1 million downloads per month. To keep up with growth, <a href="https://crew.co/backstage/dispatch/unsplash-profiles-stats/">we moved Unsplash off Tumblr to a fully custom site</a>. 776 photos on Unsplash at the time.</p>
September 14, 2014

Unsplash moves off Tumblr. Passes 1 million downloads per month.

Unsplash passes 1 million downloads per month. To keep up with growth, we moved Unsplash off Tumblr to a fully custom site. 776 photos on Unsplash at the time.

May 30, 2014

Unsplash hits 10 million downloads.

2013
September 30, 2013

Unsplash hits 1 million downloads.

<p><a href="https://twitter.com/lukechesser">Luke</a> had been sharing a beat up, sad-looking table. He was so excited to finally have his own desk that he posted it on Unsplash. Luke's desk has now been seen by over <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/wnShDP37vB4/stats">2.7 million people</a>.</p>
September 14, 2013

Co-founder Luke Chesser becomes first full-time Unsplash team member. (Finally gets his own desk.)

Luke had been sharing a beat up, sad-looking table. He was so excited to finally have his own desk that he posted it on Unsplash. Luke's desk has now been seen by over 2.7 million people.

<p>We hated expensive, cheesy stock photos. Instead, we teamed up with a local photographer to take a few custom shots.</p>

<p>We only used one photo though. So with the extras, we setup a $19 tumblr theme and gave the rest of the images away for free. We launched on Hacker News and were voted the top story.</p>
May 27, 2013

Unsplash launches as a $19 Tumblr theme

We hated expensive, cheesy stock photos. Instead, we teamed up with a local photographer to take a few custom shots.

We only used one photo though. So with the extras, we setup a $19 tumblr theme and gave the rest of the images away for free. We launched on Hacker News and were voted the top story.

See the first blog post using an Unsplash photo

Before Unsplash...

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We’ve got big plans for the future of Unsplash. If you want to help us create it, we’d love to hear from you.

We owe a huge thank you to the selfless Unsplash contributors who give their work for free in support of the community. Without them, none of this would be possible.

❤️️ With love,

Unsplash Team

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