Alamy was founded in 1999 by James West, along with his uncle, Mike Fischer. At that time there were a handful of large agencies which dominated the stock photo industry. Digital photography was still in its infancy. Fourteen years later, Alamy has the largest online collection of images and video clips. Alamy donates a significant proportion of their operating profits to charity. In fact since 2007, they have donated over £2.8 million to good causes, with the majority of the money used for cancer research. This is directed through SBL
, a laboratory funded by Alamy’s major shareholder Mike Fischer and his charity, the Fischer Family Trust. They also support a number of charitable projects based around improved health education and self-sufficiency in poor communities and they actively support programs to help reduce Alamy´s carbon footprint.