It was a long time ago in the early eighties, when I was responsible for photography at Libération. We were a poor newspaper whose audience did not reflect the economic reality. We were also a daily newspaper that loved photographers and photography – it was reciprocal - and we defended a picture style that, unbeknownst to us, was unlike any other. With so little money, it was absolutely impossible to send photographers abroad. Dependent on agencies, we were subscribers to the AFP photo service - of execrable quality at the time – out of which we tried to get the best results by re-cropping, and had a contract with Gamma, whose most interesting pictures were most often blocked, to our great frustration, by Paris Match and others. Sygma was inaccessible, due in part to their astronomical fees and to their tendency to sell to “major” papers.
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