We welcome photographers to join our endeavor. We welcome integrity, passion, and experience from amateurs and from professionals. We seek help from collectors, art galleries, museum curators, editors, and publishers who value our code of honor.

If you agree and are compelled by our mission and would like to contribute to the publication of, please review the following points. If you have any question, please contact us by email at

Thank you for your interest. Luigi Cassinelli, Founder.

Our Core and Scope is a manifesto of work ethic based on one specific technological, ontological, and semantic analysis. The use of photographic film is not a sufficient condition to become a contributor. In our view, recorded film is not simply one step of a process; recorded film is our ultimate purpose, and its fair reproduction, on any media, is the core of our pledge. We do not pursue a moral endeavor nor a moral judgement on others. What we want is for spectators to know that our work abides by our code of honor.

2018 Convention in Arles, France

We are in a preliminary phase and this website should be considered as a preliminary draft for our manifesto. In July 2018, we will meet and discuss all topics during our first convention in Arles, in our gallery located at 36, Rue de la Roquette. Before then, we hope to accumulate contributors willing to be displayed at the event. Open slots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Freedom of Choice, of Expression, and Responsibilities We Bear

By all means, we don't deprecate the use of other technologies. doesn't inhibit any one of its contributors and supporters from creating work rooted in different techniques, provided such work won't be labeled a "photograph." We believe freedom occurs only when we can differentiate voices, not when the trendy silences the rest. We praise differentiation, not trivial confrontations and discrimination. Along with our freedom to choose our own technique, we also bear responsibilities. On this account, we encourage all artists to disclose information on their techniques; spectators should know whether they are observing a sculpture or a 3D print, an original oil on canvas or an image configured by a computer operated device. If any work is produced with a mix of techniques, that should be noted too.

This is not an Agency Representing Photographers

It is out of our scope to sell our members' work. Being a member of The is strictly a commitment to a specific code of work ethics. Members are entitled to have a link to their own website or their representatives', provided that the websites show sections with digital scans of original photographs in compliance with the Materia et Lumen Criterion.

Artistic Merits

It is out of our scope to acknowledge artistic merits, favor particular trends, and set yearly contests. Our focus is on the authenticity of our work, not on our skills and creativity. With that said, in our pursuit for authenticity we will not risk becoming an offensive collection. We view vulgarity as a distraction and we will play no part in it.

Advertising does not publish any advertising banner. Any donation, from privates and from companies, will be evaluated before being accepted. Any advertising that is allowed to participate in our yearly magazine will follow the same criteria given to our contributors.


Our Code of Honor can and will speak for itself. With that in mind, for our message to be heard each photographer will be asked to contribute towards the expenses of the movement (website, gallery rental and promotional expenses) with $100.00. College contributors will be allowed to enter with a $50.00 contribution. We ask college contributors to attach a copy of their student I.D. to the application for publication. Further and future funding will be re-evaluated during our first convention.


Each photographer that wishes to embody Code of Honor within their work will be eligible for publication on the website and on the yearly printed issue.


Not all who admire the movement are expected to present a form of photography. It is understood and appreciated that our Code of Honor will reach beyond those behind the lens. For supporters willing to donate towards the movement, we would like to extend our gratitude in the form of acknowledgement and recognition in our our commonwealth.

Application for publication on

Please, print the following request of publication, issue a check payable to "MATERIA ET LUMEN" for " 2018" in the amount of USD 100.00, and mail them to: Materia et Lumen, P.O. BOX 111231, Naples, FL 34108, United States.


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I, the undersigned __________________________________________________, would like to be a contributor of and I pledge to the Materia et Lumen Criterion. I understand I will be asked to show my original photographs at any time. I request / I do not request to link to my website. I understand that the founder of will dismiss my name from the list of contributors should I infringe the Materia et Lumen Criterion.

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