France is a wonderful country -- that is one reason we choose to live here -- but it has its drawbacks for the photographer who wants to publish his or her pictures. The laws of privacy and copyright are so all-embracing that it is quite risky to photograph people and (for example) the lights on the Eiffel Tower prior to the Millennium celebrations were copyrighted so that the designer could demand copyright fees if the pictures were published. If such laws had existed in the past we should never have seen such great French photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson or Lartigue. There is constant pressure from photographers and the photographic press to change this. When it does happen -- as it surely must -- we shall be the first to note it on our site.

last updated: 24/11/03