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More celebrity photos than you can poke a stick at on your iOS device

Developer description

FirstLook is the ultimate, real-time, celeb photo feed on steroids. Founded by digital ... More

Editor's review

Published 11 Dec 2015

Despite the fact that magazines sell a fraction of the amount that they used to during their heyday, there's one mag category that still seems to be holding its own. The celebrity magazines like People, OK, Entertainment Weekly, Star and Who are the mags that are saving the local newspaper shops from going to the dogs. And what's the first page that people turn to when they buy a new edition? The celebrity photos, of course! Kim and Kanye, Taylor Swift, Brad and Angelina, Nicki Minaj, The Bieb, Stephen Curry and LeBron, Coldplay on stage and thousands of others. Well, now there's an easier way to see your idols without having to head to the newsstand.

Don't get me wrong. There's no way i'm trying to drive a nail into the heart of the celebrity gossip and photo magazines here nor the news stands that sell 'em but, if the main reason for buying one is to look at the pictures, FirstLook is a much more sensible way to go. The developers describe it as the 'ultimate, real-time, celeb photo feed...on steroids' and that's not far from the truth. This iOS app delivers professionally shot, real-time photos of well over 25,000 different celebrities, musicians, athletes, innovators and newsmakers. There's also a contracted relationship with various agencies that delivers up another 25 million archival celebrity images with the photos supplied by all the top celebrity photo agencies including Getty Images, WireImage, AP Invision and BFA. Everything is delivered directly to your fully customizable FirstLook photo feed.

Users can share any of their own images through their social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and it really doesn't matter whether they are new or old photos. This free app also features a “Top Celebs to Follow” discovery engine and an 'events feed' with celeb images taken at major events around the world. Theres also a 'flashback' feature that highlights interesting archival images from top celebs from over the years. Finally, there’s a 'featured' section that spotlights professionally captured and captioned celebrity photos with titles like #HappyBirthday, #HunkoftheDay and #BAEoftheDay.

FirstLook was put together by digital entrepreneur Justin Kahn and renowned entertainment photographer Steve Granitz who co-founded the WireImage photo service some years ago. They ended up selling it to Getty Images for $200mill in 2007. The company is backed by successful investor David Bohnett whose expertise has touched a plethora of successful businesses over the years.

As you would expect - given its photographic background - FirstLook is very cool to look at on your phone or tablet. There are no bells and whistles because the photographs are the hero here. The app is simple to navigate with its various sections laid out, front and center, just waiting for your click. FirstLook really is your personal celebrity magazine and is available for free on your iPad and iPhone. It delivers real-time photos of the biggest stars, taken by the best entertainment photographers in the world - and puts them straight onto the photo feed on your device ... as quick as a flash.

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