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Hubert Henrotte : 40 years of photojournalism – Génération Sygma : Interview

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Interview with Hubert Henrotte, founder of the Gamma and Sygma agencies, published in the book “40 years of photojournalism – Generation Sygma” Interview with Jean Louis Gazinière.   In May 1973, your divorce with Gamma, which you founded, was consummated. How are the first steps of Sygma, your new agency going? HH: To be honest, after six years of hard work for Gamma, I especially want to take a step back. But the photographers, led by Henri Bureau, finally convince me. The agency was officially created on May 14. I continued to fight to ensure that the golden rules I imposed on Gamma applied to Sygma: crediting photographers and the agency, monthly statements, advance fees and films. It was not easy. Unlike Gamma where we started at five, this time we are about thirty and penniless! The newspapers and the editorial staff trust us: Roger Thérond at L’Express, for example, assures me that he will continue to work with me and gives me a minimum monthly guarantee. At that time, there were great professionals in the newspapers who had an...

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