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The right to name

Isabella De Maddalena is a professional photographer who, tired of seeing images published without the photographer's signature, has decided to begin a petition among colleagues, starting with Facebook, to sensitise the editor of La Repubblica to take the situation in hand and make sure that the modus operandi changes, align with the international standards.
FPmag has accepted the invitation of Isabella De Maddalena and decided to flank and support her in this battle which, however, in a broader strategic vision we believe should be extended beyond the specific header which the collection of signatures is addressed and have an opening to the participation of inspiration less corporatist. So we went to visit her to learn more and to listen, directly from her voice, the appeal that we are showing in the video that accompanies these lines.
We invite those who want to join the initiative to contact Isabella De Maddalena at the e-mail address info@isabellademaddalena.com. Finally, we remind you that, by the will of the promoter, the petition is reserved for professional photographers and reporters.
Below is the text of the letter with the names of the signatories, which will be sent to the editor of La Repubblica.

«Dear Director,
my name is Isabella De Maddalena, photographer, a member of the Order of Journalists of Lombardy and represented by the Luz agency.
I am writing on behalf of a group of photographic professionals (photographers and journalists) about the already debated issue of the non-disclosure of the names of the authors of the photographs published in the newspaper La Repubblica.
Some time ago, Michele Smargiassi announced that from now on the photographs would have been signed, but this was not exactly corresponding to the facts. The appearance of some signatures of the agencies is certainly a step in the right direction, but it would be appropriate to also appoint the author. The credits still seem a random fact, without the logic of transparency owed to the reader.
It should be said that the quotation of the name corresponds not only to the author's right to be mentioned, but also to that of the reader to know who is informing them, thus exercising their powers of discernment and judgment.
Still today, the pictures published in the newspaper, apart from very rare cases, continue to remain anonymous, reneging intellectual property rights and causing damage to our professional rights. We regret to note that to perpetuate a tradition of this kind are also newspapers and media information with the authority and the prestige of La Repubblica which, by virtue of their dissemination and the quality of information they carry, should be a model of good practice to which to adapt, over time, even the smaller newspapers. We ask you, therefore, to do everything possible so that it changes, and the right to name and surname, on the margins of the photos, is respected.
Our request is moved by our commitment to professionals working in the field of photography, and who, despite the difficulties, try to do their jobs as best as they can. We ask this in the name of all the professionals who put effort in giving information in a clear and honest way.
We ask this in the name of all those invisible photographers who do not have the courage to ask or who have long since given up.
We ask because an Italian newspaper is at the same level as that of a French, English or Spanish newspaper with regard to the respect for the rights of use of images and completeness of the information.
We ask because the rights are respected de facto and not just words.
As Letizia Battaglia has responded to this call, we all hope to shortly solve this discrimination. These are the names of the professionals who have signed the letter: Cesare Abbate, Fabio Massimo Aceto, Vito Alagna, Laura Albano, Massimo Alberizzi, Alessandro Albert, Francesco Alesi, Roberto Alfano, Marco Alpozzi, Michele Amoruso, Arianna Arcara, Graziano Arici, Awakening - Collettivo, Luigi Baldelli, Isabella Balena, Fernanda Bareggi, Laura Barsottini, Matteo Bastianelli, Letizia Battaglia, Shobha Battaglia, Matteo Bergamini, Federico Bernini, Massimo Berruti, Giovanna Bertelli, Leonello Bertolucci, Rino Bianchi, Giuseppe Biancofiore, Tommaso Bonaventura, Alberico Bortolin, Michele Borzoni, Stefania Bosso, Alice Brandolini, Leonardo Brogioni, Noemi Bugli, Monika Bulaj, Marco Bulgarelli, Matteo Buonomo, Vittore Buzzi, Eleonora Calvelli, Giovanna Calvenzi, Francesca Cao, Marco Capovilla, Sarah Carlet, Marco Caselli Nirmal, Mirko Cecchi, Carlo Cerchioli, Francesca Cesari, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Federico Ciamei, Daniele Cifalà, Monica Cillario, Francesco Cito, Paola Cominetta, Elisabetta Cosci, Emanuela Costantini, Paul Crespel, Piero Cruciatti, Fabio Cuttica, Nazario Dal Poz, Michele De Andreis, Stefano De Grandis, Stefano De Luigi, Max De Martino, Luciano del Castillo, Simona Della Valle, Nicola Demolli Crivelli, Gaetano Di Filippo, Marco Di Lauro, Horace Di Mauro, Alessandro Di Meo, Massimo Di Nonno, Roberta Di Silvestre, Giulio Di Sturco, Mariachiara Di Trapani, Alessandro Digaetano, Chiara Diomede, Simone Donati, Vinicio Drappo, Luisa Espanet, Salvatore Esposito, Cecilia Fabiano, Alfredo Falcone, Alfredo Falvo, Alessandra Fanelli, Maria Elena Fantasia, Fulvia Farassino, Fabio Ferrari, Luigi Fiano, Nanni Fontana, Simona Fossati, Dino Fracchia, Flaviana Frascogna, Andrea Frazzetta, Alessandro Gandolfi, Lucia Gardin, Marco Garofalo, Maurizio Garofalo, Stephanie Gengotti, Paola Ghirotti, Fausto Giaccone, Gaia Giani, Flavio Gilardoni, Elisa Giuliano, Francesco Giusti, Alessandro Grassani, Anna Gregnanin, Federico Guarino, Francesca Guerisoli, Sara Guerrini, Guido Harari, Sandro Iovine, Alessandro Iovino, Grazia Ippolito, Alessandra Lanza, Francesca Leonardi, Laura Lezza, Giacomo Liverani, Vincenzo Livieri, Saverio Lombardi Vallauri, Martino Lombezzi, Gabriele Lopez, Francesca Loprieno, Uliano Lucas, Chiara Luxardo, Lorenzo Maccotta, Claudia Manzo, Gianmarco Maraviglia, Paolo Marchetti, Cristina Marchesi, Massimo Mastrorillo, Marcello Mencarini, Francesco Merlini, Melania Messina, Gabriele Micalizzi, Sara Minelli, Chiara Mirelli, Stefania Molteni, Carla Mondino, Nicoletta Morabito, Michele Morosi, Fabio Murru, Fabio Muzzi, Tiziana Nanni, Yara Nardi, Alberto Nerazzini, Grazia Neri, Luca Nizzoli Toetti, Chiara Oggioni Tiepolo, Joe Oppedisano, Gabriele Orlini, Alessandra Quadri, Massimo Pacifico, Simona Paleari, Lina Pallotta, Gianluca Panella, Ugo Panella, Graziano Panfili, Pietro Paolini, Samuele Pellecchia, Alessandro Penso, Lorenzo Pesce, Andrea Petrosino, Laura Pietra, Marco Pinna, Stefania Prandi, Luca Prestia, Carlo Prevosti, Ilaria Prili, Alberto Prina, Efrem Raimondi, Sergio Ramazzotti, Enrico Ratto, Paola Riccardi, Federico Righi, Lillo Rizzo, Daniele Robotti, Francesca Romano, Rocco Rorandelli, Max Rossi, Alberto Roveri, Francesco Rucci, Lucia Sabatelli, Ivo Saglietti, Alessandro Sala, Arianna, Sanesi, Luca Santese, Salvatore Santoro, Davide Scagliola, Ciro Frank Schiappa, Riccardo Schito, Massimo Sciacca, Marco Secchi, Assunta Servello, Massimo Sestini, Nadia Shira Cohen, Paulo Siqueira, Michela Taeggi, Nicolas Tarantino, Pietro Tasca, Marirosa Toscani Ballo, Marco Vacca, Carlo Valentini, Filippo Venturi, Riccardo Venturi, Erika Venturella, Paolo Verzone, Francesco Viceconte, Zoe Vincenti, Massimo Volonté, Erik Vroons, Antonio Zambardino, Lorella Zanardo, Barbara Zanon, Donata Zanotti, Bruno Zanzottera, Franco Zecchin, Francesco Zizola.

All together we are confident in your listening to our request and in your passion for photography.

Thank you for your attention,

With kind regards from all of us»


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Isabella De Maddalena


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