They’re wacky and wondrous, bizarre and tasteless, impossible to explain and somehow captivating. Ladies and gents, welcome to the wacky world of stock photography, where commercial photography meets “what on earth is going on there?” moments, making it one of the internet’s most beloved forms of memes.

And thanks to the Twitter page “Dark Stock Photos” that delivers exactly what it says, we have the most cringy collection to feast on, but with a messed up twist. The Grim Reaper shaking hands with a doctor next to a body laying motionless in a hospital bed? Check. A kid putting a salami tranche into a CD drive? Yep. And it’s pointless listing more, because the craziest thing you can think of—it’s there.

So get your popcorn ready for the sheer stock craziness below, and after you’re done, be sure to check our previous articles with hilariously bad stock photos here, here, and here.

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

The American health care system at work! You can't pay? You die.

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Hans
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4 months ago

If I saw an article on domestic violence with this picture I would not know whether I would laugh or cry.

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Hans
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4 months ago

I did not know there were exxagerations of that meme!

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Most of the stock photo gems look absolutely pointless. I mean, who’d need a shot of a woman pointing a baguette at a chef in a bakery robbery? Incredibly, stock imagery is basically a reflection of the demand for very, even if absurdly, specialized imagery.

When a stock bank user is browsing through the archive, they already have a more or less clear specific idea about what they’re looking for. But the whole challenge the commercial photographers face is being ahead of the demand and anticipating users' needs before they even type in the keywords in the search bar.

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

Kinky!

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Sum Guy
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4 months ago

Society right now

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Hans
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4 months ago

"But Grandmother! What big eyes you have."

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Usually, it’s the contributing photographers who figure out what the subscribers will be looking for on stock collections like Shutterstock. Then, there are the website's top photographers, illustrators, and videographers who get direct orders from the content team.

With time, stock imagery has become its own aesthetic category that blends the hyperrealism and absurdity of everyday life. It’s exactly what makes them so appealing for an internet that’s inherently run by jokes, memes, and everything that doesn’t fit the definition.

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Hans
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4 months ago

All kids did that I thought.

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Hans
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4 months ago

Influencer and kidnapper double occupation.

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Hans
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4 months ago

"...its soup again."

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Ember
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4 months ago

....this is gonna give me nightmares

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Hans
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4 months ago

Parenting while working when you cannot avoid a corona infection.

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Call Me Mars
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4 months ago

I'm sorry I laughed. But don't drink and drive. Please.

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Ember
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4 months ago

Creepy as hell

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Dan Buczynski
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4 months ago

I love this.

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Priscilla Reshell
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4 months ago

help im buried alive!

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Hans
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4 months ago

"I think an apology is due here."

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Ember
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4 months ago

Behold....the portal to another world

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Ember
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4 months ago

I think he needs to give up cycling, he’s obviously not very good at it...lol

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Ember
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4 months ago

Black market during the pandemic....lol

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Alexis Bilodeau
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4 months ago

Look how good I am at labeling people

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Her Highness, Duke of Qin
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4 months ago

It happens

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Chyppa Homer
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4 months ago

We used to call these Sundays, back in the day :D

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Pikazard
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4 months ago

ouch

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Ember
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4 months ago

WTF? I am the only one confused here?

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Her Highness, Duke of Qin
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4 months ago

I do the same to my cat when it starts hitting and scratching lmao

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Hans
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4 months ago

The office canteen served bean soup again.

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Ember
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4 months ago

Are people actually paid to come up with these ideas???

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Ember
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4 months ago

Look children...it’s the Easter bunny....run for your lives!

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Hans
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4 months ago

"A brother's love."

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Sonja
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4 months ago

What is love? Baby don't hurt me...

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