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Farewell to the Roger-Viollet press agency (1938-2019)


This November 15, 2019, the Council of the City of Paris voted the death of the oldest photo agency in Paris, Roger-Viollet agency. Unfortunately, the disappearance of this agency founded in 1938 has hardly moved the world of the press and publishing. Gamma, Sygma, Rapho and dozens of other photo agencies have already disappeared in favor of large US stocks. It was 11 am that morning of November, when, despite the intervention of several elected opposition groups to the municipal majority, were passed two decisions: the concession to the company NDLR, better known as , the marketing of the Roger-Viollet and France-Soir funds, and the closure of the Parisienne de Photographie news agency, which has been managing the Roger-Viollet funds since 2005. The municipal majority on the left saves face by adopting the creation of a “supervisory committee” where staff representatives will sit to ensure that the twelve employees of the Parisienne Photography will not be fired … It remains that on the 35 redundancies already operated in the last two years at the Parisienne de Photographie, only three...

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