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The New Faces of the Union of Professional Photographers


The Union of Professional Photographers (UPP), the first professional organization of photographers in France, elected a new Bureau last month.

This Bureau, made up of Matthieu Baudeau, chairman and Lucie Sassiat, vice-chairman, aims to initiate new actions.

With 70 years of history and a thousand members, the Union of Professional Photographers (UPP) is the main and first representative organization of photographers in France. Its mission is to defend the interests of professional photographers and to represent them in front of their economic partners and public authorities.

Recognized by members of the profession but also by the entire photography industry, the UPP represents all photographers: authors, photojournalists and artisans.

Today it is not only to consolidate its position but above all to develop it, by improving its image, by placing it at the center of all discussions relating to the photo, and also by federating the most recent photographers in the field. profession like photography students.

It also sets itself the objective of always being better integrated within public bodies linked to photography, to send its representatives there to speak for its members.

It must be in permanent contact with its public and parapublic partners.

Its legitimacy also lies there. This is why it assigns itself as primary mission to find all the means to make its actions known to photographers, including non-members, by strengthening its communication, in particular that of the UPP website relayed on the various social networks.

French society continues to evolve and the UPP is witness to it as an actor. Vigilance on the place of women in the profession is very important in order to ensure gender parity but also to promote women within its own organization.

Moreover, more than two centuries ago, thanks to the imperturbable and tenacious action of Beaumarchais, the copyright, moral and patrimonial rights attached to the work were born. A job must be remunerated in proportion to its use. A work cannot be modified without the prior consent of the author.

The author determines the methods of reproduction and distribution of his/her work.

This humanist conception of intellectual creation is fully the one defended by the UPP for photography. Its actions today are entirely in defense of the Intellectual Property Code.

The UPP wants to keep and amplify on a daily basis this vision resulting from the Enlightenment and all the successive laws of defense of the works of creation of the mind.

To preserve the author’s creative act against unscrupulous third parties who want to assimilate photographers to mere service providers is unacceptable.

The UPP will in particular ensure that the transposition of the provisions of the “Copyright” Directive protects authors against the development of digital distribution of protected works. It will always campaign for the respect of the metadata of the photos, so that they cannot be erased.

Journalists, photographers, reporters, just like professional photographers, should not be prevented from doing their job of being able to be witnesses of society through their images. In addition, the UPP will defend the respect of the law as media companies place orders for reportages they want to remunerate in the form of copyright which is legally prohibited, or by refusing to pay for reportage assignments with journalist wages.


UPP – Union des Photographes Professionnels

11, rue de Belzunce

75010 Paris

01 42 77 24 30


Opening hours: 10 am-1pm and 2 pm-6pm




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