Aims of IMAGO

The European Federation of Cinematographers

The main purpose of the Federation is to champion and uphold the high standards achieved by the Cinematography Profession, and via a constant exchange of experience to promote the spread of that highly-specialised culture on which the long-standing technical and artistic quality of the European Cinema industry is firmly based.

One of the things that most concerns us, is making - by using our artistic and technical knowledge - an even more worthwhile contribution as IMAGO to improving and maintaining technological equipment and also the quality of screening in cinemas.

Thus ensures that all the work that we, together with the directors and their collaborators, put into making a film, and the resulting quality, may be fully appreciated by movie-goers who, in many instances, are nowadays obliged to watch films which, owing to technical inadequacies and shortcomings, do not come up to the standard of the original.

With a view to obtaining the legal recognition which would permit us to more effectively uphold this fundamental requisite of quality, in other words, to defend quality in the cinema, we aim to work simultaneously to have the Cinematographer recognised as co-author of the Film, which the Italian AIC and the Spanish AEC already do in their credits with a more appropriate and correct term that literally translated means "Author of the Photography". Legislative bodies are also beginning to acknowledge the legitimacy of the Directors of Photography (DoP) right to be recognised as co-author, but a great deal of work still has to be done.

Another important field in which IMAGO will take action, both by urging government intervention and becoming directly involved, is the methodical preservation and restoration - which can no longer be delayed - of our vast European cinematic heritage.

Operations such as these, require a financial commitment that is way beyond IMAGO's own possibilities. Even, as far as IMAGO's share is concerned, they cannot be undertaken without the responsible and creative participation, on a permanent rather than casual basis, of Cinematographers who are often the on-the-spot or secondary witnesses of Cinema history in the making.

Naturally, the complex and many-sided activities related to these primary objectives imply extremely high costs, over and above the general expenses of administration: the organisation of Meetings on general or specific themes concerning new technologies used in shooting and projecting a film and also in film preservation to be held in the headquarters of the different national societies in turn,

  • the publication and distribution of books and technical magazines,
  • the organisation of specialised workshops, seminars and exhibitions,.
  • the support of professional education,
  • the support of professional festivals like CAMERIMAGE in Lódz / Poland; MANAKI BROTHERS / Macedonia and eDIT Film Festival Frankfurt/Germany
  • the planning and co-ordination of research into the cinematographic image, at a European level.
  • the initiative and official trips undertaken by one or more members of the Management Council to interest the competent European and, at a more general level, international authorities in this very important profession of ours, without which the cinema industry could not hope to survive.