Thanks in advance if any of you can help me with this issue. Anyone involved in nature stock photography since before 2000 will remember the agency Bruce Coleman Inc (BCI). I had a few thousand 35mm slides on file in the BCI library right up until the agency rather suddenly closed. Coleman sold all their stock holdings to an overseas outfit known as Photoshot, which in recent years was rolled into a larger agency that currently is known as Avalon. Many BCI photographers, myself included, elected to have our BCI slides transferred to the new agency.
Recently I decided it was time to end my relationship with this agency, and so I wrote and asked for my original slides back. I was not happy to receive a reply indicating that they were unable to find any of my slides. All they have are 200 or so digital scans. Zero slides.
I mentioned this disturbing revelation to another pro nature photographer who, like me, had his BCI slides transferred to Photoshot/Avalon when BCI closed. Turns out he had a similar bad experience. He was able to get SOME of his slides back, but estimates that he only received about one third of his original BCI library.
There are more details to this story, but for now I just want to learn if there are any other former BCI photographers have run into similar problems with Photoshot/Avalon. If so, please contact me via this posting (or by private messaging if this forum has that capacity).