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Jean-Pierre Pappis / Polaris : “the greatest story of our century”

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The situation of photographers and agencies was already catastrophic, this current crisis has just made it worse. The acceleration of history is mind-blowing. The transformation of photography has barely started. Today’s edition is devoted to the interviews that Michel Puech carried out with 7 agency directors. Jean-Jacques Naudet   We believed we had touched the bottom, but Cofid-19 came to complete the destruction of our photographic production. Without advertising, without distribution for lack of newspapers stand and letter carriers, the print media is in great danger. Result: drop in image downloads, no more assignments from newspapers and magazines  except for a few exceptions and triumphs of the major wire agencies AP, Reuters, AFP … We do not complain, but the diversity points of view will suffer. And then, the most dramatic, hundreds of photographers and photojournalists are without real social coverage since triumphant  liberalism imposed self-entrepreneurship instead of salaries. Without unemployment, without social security, without retirement, an inestimable number of freelance photographers will find themselves in dark misery. In the next world, we will make inventory of past mistakes. Michel Puech...

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