Evan Amos (born 1983) is a video gaming photographer of high-quality stock images of video game consoles , which he releases into the public domain . Known for contributing these images to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia , Amos is as of 2015 working on The Vamos Online Museum, a free digital archive of videogame hardware. [1]


Being “annoyed” at the poor quality of images of video game consoles on Wikipedia, Amos Starting in 2010 with Nintendo ‘s Wii Console, which he ‘ s got to own, Amos soon “felt addicted” and started a list of every console he could think of. After putting up an ad is Craigslist , Amos cam into touch with a collector in Huntington, Long Island , Where He Was ble to photograph a collection of various consoles starting with Those from Sega and Atari . He has expressed “surprise” at the increasing popularity of his freely licensed photos among print, television, internet, And other media – though he is still rarely credited for them. [2] [3]

There is a huge need for this. (Wikipedia) There are no translations available. To read the continuation of this article, click here. The work that I have already created and its impact so far is a testament to the importance of the project. These are the reasons why I do it for free.

– Evan Amos, 2013 [2]

In 2013, Amos raised US $ 17,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to purchase more hardware. His goal is to build the The Vanamo Online Game Museum, an online archive of video game in order to preserve the history of video games. [4] [5] In addition to photographs, the Vanamo Online Game Museum is intended to include an extensive history of each console and its development. [6]

After purchasing and photographing video game consoles, Amos donates them to the New York University Game Center and the National Museum of Play , where they can re-shoot them. [3]

Selected works

  • The Nintendo GameCube
  • The Nintendo Famicrywith the Disc Systemadd-on
  • The Sega SG-1000
  • The “fat” and “slimline” iterations of the PlayStation 2
  • The Xbox One


  1. Jump up^ North, Dale (2013-03-11). “Evan Amos is gaming’s most popular photographer” . Destructoid .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Amos, Evan (2013-10-29). “The power of Wikipedia: How to become the most popular and anonymous photographer.” . Gamasutra .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Larson, Eric (2013-11-10). “Introducing the Invisible Photographer Whose Photos Are Everywhere” . Mashable .
  4. Jump up^ TraceyLink (2013-10-31). “Preserving video game history one photo at a time” . Polygon .
  5. Jump up^ “The Vanamo Online Game Museum Kickstarter campaign” . Kickstarter .
  6. Jump up^ Hockenson, Lauren (2013-11-01). “See a Wikipedia photographer’s Kickstarter campaign for an online video game museum” . Gigaom .

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