Fratelli Alinari

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Fratelli Alinari

Fratelli Alinari is one of the world's oldest photographic firms, founded in Florence, Italy in 1852. Its archives contain 5.5 million photographs, ranging from daguerreotypes to modern digital photos from around the world.


In 1852, Leopoldo Alinari founded a photographic studio. His brothers Giuseppe and Romualdo joined him two years later to establish Fratelli Alinari Fotografi Editori, a photographic workshop dedicated initially to the documentation of notable Italian paintings, sculptures, and architecture.[1] They subsequently expanded the scope of their photographic project to include the towns and landscapes of Italy,[1] as well as portrait photography and images of national costume. The brothers achieved recognition for the quality of their work, and by 1860 their portrait subjects included the Italian royal family.[2]


Alinari is today the oldest company in the world in the field of photography.[3][4] Alinari holds a photographic corpus, which includes over 5,500,000 pictures of its own, historical and contemporary, ranging from vintage prints, glass plate negatives to film and fotocolors.

In 2007 the company opened the Museum of Multimedia and History of Photography (MNAF) is open to the public in Florence, Italy.[5]

In order to make the images available to a greater number of persons, Alinari has established an on-line search system of its photographic archives, employing a system of iconographic classification produced in collaboration with the University of Florence with over 330,000 images. 400 new images are added online daily. The digitization process is done using a Kodak EverSmart Supreme flatbed scanner and a Leaf/Mamiya 80 megapixels Aptus II 12 80 digital camera back. Color correction is done using Eizo monitors through a fully calibrated system. Color profiling is done using Adobe '98 color space.


The Museum of Fine Arts Houston holds more than 500 photographic prints by the brothers.[6]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fratelli Alinari - The J. Paul Getty Museum
  2. ^ Hannavy, John (2013). Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography. Routledge. p. 25. ISBN 1135873267.
  3. ^ "Alinari, world's oldest photography agency, faces crisis".
  4. ^ "'National Treasures' Mary Evans And Alinari Unite - UK Broadcast News | 24/07/2009".
  5. ^ "Please Touch". The Florentine. 17 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Artist Giuseppe Alinari Italian, 1836–1890 Artist Leopoldo Alinari Italian, 1832–1865 Artist Romualdo Alinari Italian, 1830–1891". MFAH.

External links[edit]

Media related to Fotografia Alinari at Wikimedia Commons