Alinari Archives

Firenze, Italy

Founded in Florence in 1852, Fratelli Alinari is the oldest firm in the world working in the field of photography, that is communication through images. The birth of photography and the story of the Firm go hand in hand in their development and growth, as attested by the immense Alinari owned fund of over than 5.000.000 photographs: from daguerreotypes to modern color photos, from glass plate negatives to films; moreover photographic albums, cameras, frames and a very important library about History of Photography. In 1852 Leopoldo Alinari, with his brothers Giuseppe and Romualdo, founded the photographic workshop, heart of the firm that still bears his name. It was the beginning of a unique endeavor that specialized in photographic portraiture, views of works of art and historical monuments, and Alinari achieved immediate national and international renown. Today the name of Alinari guarantees more than a century and a half of experience in the field of photography and a unique knowledge of digital and multimedia technology. The licensing activity is available at www.alinariarchives.it: beyond its photographic Archives, Alinari represents the most important national and international Archives,from Réunion des Musées Nationaux to Roger Viollet, from Italian Ministry of Culture to the photographic library of Osservatore Romano (offical newspaper of the Vatican State), from Bridgeman to Ullstein, from Istituto Luce to Touring Club Italiano, from Top Foto to Ria Novosti, from Fosco Maraini to Folco Quici, and many others more. Alinari still prints pictures by hand from the original glass negatives, its Art Printwork is the only one in the world still using the artisan technique of collotype. Today all Alinari products, including photographic books, gifts, etc., can be bought on line on http://shop.alinari.it/en/ Alinari is an irreplaceable point of reference for preserving, cataloguing, circulating and handing down, through the photograph, the history, society, art and culture of Italy,Europe and all over the world.

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