The Roger-Viollet photo agency

The Roger-Viollet photo agency

In 1938, Hélène Roger-Viollet and her husband Jean-Victor Fischer, both passionate photographers and travelers, founded the “Documentation Photographique Générale Roger-Viollet” at 6, rue de Seine in Paris. Today, Roger-Viollet still located in its original premises, is one of France’s oldest photo agencies. Having purchased the rue de Seine store from “picture merchant” Laurent Ollivier, together with the collections that were housed in it, Hélène Roger-Viollet and her husband added their family production and, after WWII, started increasing and enriching the archive by continued acquisitions. In this way, they built a photographic collection unique in Europe, covering more than a century and a half of Parisian, French and International history around four main themes: major historical events, Paris, portraits of personalities, and reproductions of art works. The Roger-Viollet collections also offer an astonishing journey through the history of photography, from the production of the Second Empire photographical studios to late 20th century photojournalism.

At their deaths, in 1985, the founders of the agency bequeathed the business and the collections (nearly four million negatives and about two million prints) to the City of Paris. In 2005, the agency was integrated into the Parisienne de Photographie, a local public company controlled by the city of Paris in charge of digitizing and distributing the French Capital’s photographic & iconographic heritage.

In addition to the Roger-Viollet archive, the material distributed by the agency now includes images from the principal museums and libraries belonging to the City of Paris : over two million works, already digitized or reproducible on demand, belonging to the huge collections of the Carnavalet Museum, the Bibliothèque Historique, the Petit-Palais and the Modern Art Museum, as well as more specialized institutions such as the Cernuschi Museum (Asian art), Galliera (Fashion), Bibliothèque Forney (graphic arts) or various writers and artists’ Parisian residences (Victor Hugo, Balzac, Bourdelle , Zadkine).

Since 2005, the agency has enhanced its appeal and widened the scope of its offer by distributing foreign historical collections in France, as well as material by independent photographers who have entrusted their archives to its management.

Browse our “collections” section for more info on our photographers, partner museums and partner agencies.

Our agents

Austria - APA - PictureDesk
Austria - APA - PictureDesk

Laimgrubengasse 10
1060 Wien
Austria
salesdesk@apa.at

Access the site : http://www.picturedesk.com

Belgium - PHOTONEWS
Belgium - PHOTONEWS

Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 186 
1050 Brussels
Belgium
agency@photonews.be

Access the site : http://www.photonews.be/arimages.aspx

China & Hong Kong - IMAGINE CHINA
China & Hong Kong - IMAGINE CHINA

5/F, Bldg. 4, 990 Changping Road
200042 Shanghai
China
clearance@dfic.cn

Access the site : http://www.dfic.cn

Denmark - RITZAUS BUREAU A/S - POLFOTO
Denmark - RITZAUS BUREAU A/S - POLFOTO

Store Kongensgade 14
1264 Copenhagen K
Denmark
ritzau@ritzau.dk

Access the site : http://www.ritzau.dk

Finland - MV PHOTOS
Finland - MV PHOTOS

Untuvaisentie 1 A 23
FIN-00820 Helsinki
Finland
markku@mvphotos.fi

Access the site : http://www.mvphotos.fi

Germany - UllsteinBild, Axel Springer Syndication GmbH
Germany - UllsteinBild, Axel Springer Syndication GmbH

Schuetzenstrasse 15-17
10117 Berlin
Germany
contact@ullsteinbild.de

Access the site : https://www.ullsteinbild.de

Italy - CONTRASTO
Italy - CONTRASTO

Via Nizza 56
20136 Roma
Italy
info@contrasto.it

Access the site : http://www.contrasto.it

Italy - Fratelli Alinari S.p.A.
Italy - Fratelli Alinari S.p.A.

Largo Alinari,15
50123 Florence
Italy
fototeca@alinari.it

Access the site : http://www.alinariarchives.it

Japan - Aflo Co, Ltd
Japan - Aflo Co, Ltd

5F Ginza Ono Bldg, 4-1-17 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
104-0045 Tokyo
Japan
sagasu@aflo.com

Access the site : http://www.aflo.com

Japan - AMANA
Japan - AMANA

2-2-43 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku
140-0002 Tokyo
Japan

Access the site : http://www.amanaimages.com

The Netherlands - HOLLANDSE HOOGTE
The Netherlands - HOLLANDSE HOOGTE

Zwaardstraat 16
2584TX Den Haag
The Netherlands
info@hollandse-hoogte.nl

Access the site : http://www.hollandse-hoogte.nl

Poland - EASTNEWS POLAND
Poland - EASTNEWS POLAND

Swietojerska 5/7
00236 Warsaw
Poland
info@eastnews.pl

Access the site : http://www.eastnews.pl

Spain - AURIMAGES
Spain - AURIMAGES

dolfy@aurimages.com

Access the site : http://www.aurimages.com

United Kingdom - TOPFOTO
United Kingdom - TOPFOTO

House of Jaques - 1 Fircroft Way
TN86EL Edenbridge
United Kingdom
requests@topfoto.co.uk

Access the site : http://www.topfoto.co.uk/

Russia - EASTNEWS RUSSIA
Russia - EASTNEWS RUSSIA

Bolshaya Spasskaya street, 12,
129090 Moscow
Russian federation
info@eastnews.ru

Access the site : http://www.eastnews.ru

Sweden - IBL BILDBYRA
Sweden - IBL BILDBYRA

Stora Nygatan 21A
11127 Stockholm
Sweden
ibl@ibl.se

Access the site : http://www.ibl.se

Switzerland - KEYSTONE AG
Switzerland - KEYSTONE AG

Grubenstrasse 45
8045 Zurich
Switzerland
sales@keystone.ch

Access the site : http://www.keystone.ch

United States of America - THE IMAGE WORKS
United States of America - THE IMAGE WORKS

PO Box 443
NY 12498 Woodstock
USA
info@theimageworks.com

Access the site : http://theimageworks.com