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Who are IMAGO?

IMAGO is the International Federation of Cinematographers. It is an active global network created to bring cinematographers together to discuss solutions to common challenges, promote the art of cinematography globally, and share experience and knowledge.

What do IMAGO do?

IMAGO believes in supporting an artistic community without borders. Its membership includes 57 national cinematography societies, representing more than 4,000 professional cinematographers across all the continents of the world.

IMAGO champions the high artistic and technological standards of the cinematography profession and supports the culture of cinematography which is at the heart of the artistic and technological quality of the filmmaking industry.

IMAGO champions working conditions for cinematographers and ensures their voice is heard throughout the filmmaking process, with consultation rights in the presentation of their work through the media.

IMAGO provides guidance and assistance to its members in many diverse environments worldwide, explaining and defending the role of cinematographers where necessary. IMAGO has successfully acted to reverse legislation intended to limit the rights of cinematographers in its members’ home nations.

IMAGO leads initiatives against unsafe conditions on film sets. Its Working Conditions Committee (WCC) takes an active responsibility for ensuring a safer future for all cinematographers worldwide. 

IMAGO has a duty to educate and encourage the developing cinematography societies among its membership. The IMAGO Technical Committee (ITC) closely follows technology developments and liaises with manufacturers and research institutes. Other IMAGO committees include Education, Authorship, Diversity & Inclusion, and Master Class.

IMAGO further supports international relationships through the IMAGO Awards, which offer exposure to new and diverse talent.

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Is NZCS a member of IMAGO?

Yes, you can bet your boots on it! NZCS understands the value of global advocacy. By being part of the collective we bring our voice to the table in the international community that unites to find solutions to common challenges.

Marc Swadel, a New Zealand Cinematographer working in Europe, serves on the NZCS Committee. Marc gives his time to attend IMAGO meetings in person on our behalf, reporting back to us, and forging strong international relationships on behalf of the NZCS.

Swadel also serves on the IMAGO 'Diversity and Inclusion Committee' a special area of focus for the NZCS.

An article on NZCS is featured on the IMAGO website 'Supporting gender diversity in cinematography NZCS' here.

How can I get involved and stay up to date?

We'll keep you informed of crucial IMAGO developments. Subscribe to NZCS emails and newsletter to keep you updated with important information.

MAGO has a website where you can explore and immerse yourself in a wealth of information. Be sure to check out the inaugural article in their series highlighting outstanding cinematographers worldwide. The first feature is an exclusive interview with Nicola Daley ACS BSC, the cinematographer for the latest season of The Handmaid’s Tale, along with other notable projects.

You can also follow IMAGO on Instagram for exciting updates and a fresh content format.

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