May 13, 1973: The Gamma-Sygma Split

Mis à jour le 6 octobre 2013 par Michel PuechJournalLogo_2013/05/14  in Le Journal de la Photographie:

“It was an evening in May forty years ago, 1973. Disgruntled photographers from the Gamma agency decided to haul away their archives to open a new agency, Sygma. From the schism and the competition that ensued (complicated by a third agency, Sipa), the Golden Age of French Photojournalism was born, along with the global supremacy of French photo agencies.

This is the story Michel Puech has prepared for us today. He met and spoke with all those involved, many of whom had stayed silent, until now. We thank them all. Part detective novel and part adventure story, this is one of the most wonderful chapters in the history of contemporary photography. Nostalgia. Thank you, Michel.

Jean-Jacques Naudet

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