2017 – the year of celebrations

News from the President

IMAGO is 25 years in 2017. So is Camerimage. And ARRI as the senior is 100 years old.

2017 is therefore the year of celebration for IMAGO.

The IMAGO International Awards for Cinematographers
This great celebration of the art of cinematography will be staged in Helsinki on October 28th, a grand black tie event, with guests from all corners of the World of cinematography.
ARRI, also celebrating in 2017, is the IMAGO Award events main partner this year.
This will be the first Award given entirely BY cinematographers TO Cinematographers, plus that IMAGO wish to honour some of those who has done a lot for cinematography and for cinematographers, even if they may not be active cinematographers themselves.
The AWARD will be a piece of art in itself, designed by the Swedish glass artist Åsa Jungelius.
IMAGO member Societies will soon receive information on how to enter films for the 2017 Best Cinematography Awards in the categories Feature film, TV Drama and Documentary films. More than 250 cinematographers, partners and other colleagues will be there to join us and to celebrate, together with a large number of media representatives to report about this celebration of the art of Cinematography, and not least to report about all the Award nominees and the Award winners, to the World. The arrangement is planned and executed by the IMAGO Award Committee, and we thank them for their great work, but without IMAGO´s sponsor partners, this celebration would be impossible to arrange. We are therefore extremely grateful for their support.
More information about this great event and about our Award Partners to follow later this Spring!


 IMAGO attending the BSC Expo

On February 3rd and 4th, IMAGO Board members attended the BSC Expo in London´s Battersea Evolution. The BSC Expo is getting bigger and better and better every year. Our great thanks to the British Society of Cinematographers for their initiative to arrange this great event of exhibitions of equipment, for all the good seminars and discussions, and for the opportunity for cinematographers to meet colleagues from around the World. We already look forward to next year´s edition.
Out great thanks to Frances and Audra in the BSC, Alan in the BC Magazine and to Rob Saunders from SCS Exhibitions LTD, for helping IMAGO with a stand, and for making our visit so unforgettable and useful.


 IMAGO Board meeting

During the weekend of our London and BSC Expo visit, IMAGO held it´s first 2017 Board meeting. As Board members are also working as cinematographers, not all could attend, but the planned IMAGO activities for 2017 are numerous and it was necessary for all to coordinate all details, not least the economy, and to delegate responsibilities for all that is going to be arranged. The higher the activities for cinematographers are, the bigger budget IMAGO needs to hold the quality of the activities high, and our BSC Expo visit was also useful for us to talk to many of IMAGO´s closest partners, to coordinate the cooperation between us in 2017, and to discuss how to involve our partners in our activities.
Not least the IMAGO Awards is complex and costly to arrange, and we could not have done it without ARRI and our many other sponsor partners who will attend the Awards Ceremony to share the joy with us all in the celebration of the art of cinematography.



 IMAGO Board members, from left to right: Cristina Busch (IMAGO legal advisor), Nina Kellgren BSC, Louis Philippe Capelle SBC, Predrag Bambic SCS, Paul René Roestad FNF, Ron Johanson ACS, Tony Costa AIP and Rolf Coulanges BVK. (Board members Elen Lotman ESC and Daniele Nannuzzi AIC absent)


 New IMAGO International Cinematographer´s Directory

IMAGO has, in collaboration with our partners Alan Lowne and Stuart Walters in Laws Publishing Co, published the 2017 IMAGO International Cinematographer´s Directory. For this directory the COVER 2017future plan is that cinematographers visiting another Country shall find all job related information he or she needs; by Country names and contact information of all cinematographers that are members of IMAGO, lists of focuspullers, camera assistants, DITs, rental houses, equipment suppliers and studios, to mention a little.
The plan is to publish this Directory on-line, with personal passwords for all professional IMAGO members, and to directors and producers who specially needs this information, to secure that details like member cinematographers contact information is not misused.
We believe this publication can be a useful tool for our members, and the plan is to have a beta version out before the end of the year.

IMAGO Educational Conference, Munich

teechIMAGO is arranging an educational conference together with the German film school HFF in Munich, March 13th to 17th. The program and details can be found on www.imago.org.
This conference will gather cinematographers who also are working as teachers in national film schools, to exchange experience and knowledge on how to maximize the quality of the education of cinematography students. Cinematographers who also work as teachers are coming from all over Europe to participate, and we look forward to this, as working to improve and maximize the education for future cinematographers is on of IMAGO´s aims.
The Conference is organized by the IMAGO Educational Committee, headed by Tony Costa AIP. We are grateful for the important help from our partners, like Sony, Arri, RED and Panasonic, and for the great help from the HFF Film School, specially Katrin Richthofer and Peter Slansky, in arranging this, and also for the help from BVK and ASC who are central participants and partners in this for IMAGO important event.
More information to be found here

 IMAGO Master Class Sessions Amsterdam


A weekend with meetings and masterclasses with master cinematographers will be arranged in Amsterdam May 18th to 20th. Five international master cinematographers will be invited to talk in detail about their work and their artistic and technical challenges on specific films.
The Master classes will be arranged at the Amsterdam Eye, with help from the Dutch Film Fund, the IMAGO Societies DFF, SBC and NSC. The master classes are organized by the IMAGO Master Class Committee, Astrid Heubrandtner AAC, Jan Weincke DFF and Herman Vershuur NSC.
The IMAGO master Classes are a great opportunity to meet colleagues, discuss artistic and technical challenges, and to be absorbed for some days in the art of cinematography.
News on the concrete programme and how to attend the Master Classes will soon be published on the IMAGO website, www.imago.org.

The IMAGO Committees
The IMAGO Committee for Creative Technologies in Cinematography CCTC, is amongst others working closely together with SMPTE, and with partners to test new equipment so the manufacturers can maximize their design and products to maximally suit the needs of professional cinematographers. Some of our partners this next half year is Sony, Arri and Fujinon, and in addition with the testing of AMPAS new ACES system. Their work and conclusions will be extensively discussed at the IMAGO Oslo Digital Cinema Conference, September 8th to 10th.

The IMAGO Authorship Committee, under the leadership of Luciano Tovoli AIC ASC and with advisors like Nigel Walters BSC, Vittorio Storaro AIC ASC, Jost Vacano BVK ASC and Dr Cristina Busch, is working on making a thorough overview of the authorship conditions and national practices in this field around the World. Their findings, and the plans on how IMAGO shall go on with this work will be discussed at the IMAGO General Assembly in October.

The IMAGO Gender and Diversity Committee
IMAGO is working to include and inspire more women to choose to be cinematographers, and to be able to stay on as cinematographers throughout their lives.
IMAGO´s Gender and Diversity Committee, under the leadership of Nina Kellgren BSC and Elen Lotman ESC, is planning new conferences on this topic at this autumns Camerimage where cinematographers will come from many Countries around the World to discuss these challenges, and to find ways and suggestions on how to proceed with this important work.
Although nearly half the cinematography students in many film schools around the World today are women, less than 10% stays on and becomes feature film cinematographers. Food for thoughts and discussions, and it will all take place at the coming Camerimage.
The Committees seminars, master classes and conferences during Camerimage 2016 were filled to the brim with interested participants, and we trust the same success will happen in 2017, not least thanks to Nina and Elen´s good work together with Illuminatrix and Camerimage.

Camerimage 2017: ASC and IMAGO
ASC and IMAGO are planning joint activities during the coming Camerimage. Joint conferences is under planning, an exhibition of cinematographers still photos may emerge, and hopefully also a joint conference with ASC´s and IMAGO´s Technical Committees, both for information to the audience on what we all are working with, but also to receive feedback from cinematographers to what they find important topics for us to focus on.

IMAGO Activities 2017:
Main activities for 2017 are:
IMAGO Educational Conference, Munich (March 13th-17th)
ZFS/IMAGO Archive and restoration Conference, Ljubljana (April 11th-12th)
IMAGO Master Classes, Amsterdam (may 18th -20th)
IMAGO/ASC Collaboration with technical Committees. (all year)
IMAGO/FNF Oslo Digital Cinema Conference (September 8th-10th)
IMAGO/ASC Technical Committee meetings during Oslo Dig Cinema Conference (Sept 8th-10th)
IMAGO General Assembly, (Helsinki October 26th-27th)
IMAGO International Awards for Cinematographers (Helsinki October 28th)
IMAGO Seminars & conferences Camerimage (Poland November)

If you should be interested in participating in any of these IMAGO activities, or have questions, please write us for more information. You will find contact information at www.imago.org.
Should you wish to receive the IMAGO monthly Newsletter, you can sign up, also at the www.imago.org
We would love to hear from you.

Paul René Roestad FNF
IMAGO President