The staff of Roger-Viollet – 35 people – is afraid that the Agency will be closed and is demonstrating. A petition has been launched in support.
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Roger-Viollet is one of France’s oldest photo agencies with a unique photographic collection covering more than a century and a half of Parisian, French and International history around four main themes: major historical events, Paris, portraits of personalities, and reproductions of art works. As part of the Parisienne de Photographie, Roger-Viollet depends on the City of Paris and is in charge of the preservation and digitization of the photographic stock of the City of Paris.
The commercialisation of the image stock of Roger-Viollet is meant to finance this preservation activity. In the time of “free”, “open data” and low prices, needless to say that this did not happen, not even in part …
Amidst rumors of plans of shutting down the Agency, a demonstration was organised in front of the Paris townhall, as reported by the press.
“The meeting of the board of directors on 13 June 2017 did not lead to reassuring conclusions concerning the fate of the agency and its 35 employees.” states the press release. However, Mr. Noël Corbin assured that the City of Paris’s intention was to pursue the activity. Mr. Corbin also said that by in 2020 a new public partner would have to be found to support the activity.
Read full press release (in French) Communiqué de presse Roger-Viollet
Read article of Télérama (also in French) HERE