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 ThePhotographers.org, please review the
following points. If you have any questions, please contact us by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org (English) or email@example.com (French, Italian).
If you agree and decide to abide by the Materia et Lumen Criterion, proceed to the next step.
2. Scan One of Your Photographs
Whether you record your original photograph as a negative, instant film ("polaroid"), or
chrome, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org (English) or email@example.com (French, Italian))
a scan with a height of 2160 pixels. The following video should help
clarify and remind you that we need the whole area, including the rebate (the area, not
exposed to light, with the frame number and the type of film).
3. Tell Us About Your Photography
You have already done the hard part by capturing light as you see it.
Now, give us a flash of who is behind the lens. Let the spectators know what is
important to you. Make your voice heard about what we do and what you do. If
you have a link you wish to share we ask you to please include it in this section.
A suitable link will direct the public to your photography related website or portfolio.
4. Send Us the Print of Your Photograph (Optional)
If you wish, you may also send us one print of your photograph.
The print can be photographic (gelatin silver, cibachrome) or ink-jet, as you prefer,
BUT what is important to us is that the print MUST be fair to the original photograph
(zero retouching), as expressed in our Code of Honor. Ship your print, AFTER June 25th 2018,
to 36, Rue de la Roquette, 13200 Arles, France.
Our Code of Honor, the Materia et Lumen Criterion, 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 email us a copy of their student I.D. to the
application for publication. Further and future funding will be re-evaluated during our first
Application for publication on ThePhotographers.org
If you prefer to donate with a check (only US accounts), print the following request of publication, issue a check payable to "MATERIA ET LUMEN"
for "ThePhotographers.org 2018" in the amount of USD 100.00, and mail them to: Materia
et Lumen, P.O. BOX 111231, Naples, FL 34108, United States.
I, the undersigned __________________________________________________,
would like to be a contributor of ThePhotographers.org 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 ThePhotographers.org to link to my website.
I understand that the founder of ThePhotographers.org will dismiss my name
from the list of contributors should I infringe the Materia et Lumen Criterion.
Date and Signature:
THIS IS WHAT WE WILL DO
1. We Create Your Webpage
On your webpage (example: www.thephotographers.org/yourname.html) we will
publish the scan you send us (if it's a negative, we will make it
so that viewers will see the negative and the image in positive) and we will upload all
the info you send us.
2. We Include Your Scan in our Documentaries
Documentaries will show all the
scans of our contributors. We will showcase documentaries on our UHD TV in the Arles Gallery
all summer (negatives will also dissolve into positive).
It should be noted that copyright concerns are a top priority of ours.
Regardless of registration, we view any photograph shared with us as the photographer’s
own creative property. ThePhotographers.org pledges to honor these rights and will refrain
from using shared photographs through any unauthorized process that would promote our website.
We are a gallery, a platform, and a home. We do not recognize ourselves as an agency nor
will we behave as one. Offers and inquisitions will be redirected to the photographer.
3. We Exhibit Your Print at the Gallery in Arles
Prints of all contributors
will be exhibited on "first come, first serve basis" and will rotate. If any visitor wants
to buy your print, we will put the visitor in contact with you; we do not sell prints.
4. We Publish Your Photograph in Our Yearly Magazine
5. We Grant You a 50% Discount on Certificates Issued by Materia et Lumen
PLEASE REVIEW OUR TERMS AND OUR DONATION POLICY
Our Core and Scope
ThePhotographers.org 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. ThePhotographers.org
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 Photographers.org 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.
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.
ThePhotographers.org 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.
Each photographer that wishes to embody ThePhotographers.org 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 commonwealth.