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Laboratory of Photography, Fratelli Alinari Florence 
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Museum & Archives
The Fratelli Alinari Museum of the History of Photography was inaugurated in 1985 by Sandro Pertini, at the time President of the Republic of Italy. This was the first large museum ever in Italy in which the history of photography and its instruments were collected. 
The Alinari Museum currently has in its custody 900,000 vintage prints, including salted paper calotypes, daguerreotypes, albumen prints, bromide prints, charcoal prints. The Malandrini, Palazzoli, Gabba, Reteuna, Zannier, Favrod collections have poured into the Museum holding. Not to mention one of the most cospicuous albums collection,over 6,000 pieces, and an extraordinary whole of antique cameras, lenses and lab instruments besides a collection of containers and period frames.all found their way to the museum and there is also an extraordinary collection of albums (over 5,100) and one of antique.
Many works by the great nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographers are also in the museum, including Alinari, Anderson, Brogi, Caneva, Nunes Vais, Primoli, Puccini, Ponti, Naya, Wulz, Mollino, Gabinio, Morpurgo, Miniati, Trombetta, Peretti Griva, Tuminello, Antonio and Felice Beato, Balocchi, MacPherson, Sommer, Fenton, Robertson, Sebah, Bernoud, Flacheron, Von Gloeden, Noack and many many others. 
In the course of the years, the Fratelli Alinari Museum of the History of Photography has organized over 200 of exhibits, some of which dedicated to the most important Italian and non-Italian photographers of the nineteenth and twentieth century, and on the history, the cultural, social and artistic evolution, to the traditions of Italian regions and even more.

Every event was prepared with the aid of a technical and scientific committee, a group of historians and critics of photography, of specialists and technicians. Direct contacts have therefore been established with cultural and photographic institutions throughout the world: the Fox Talbot Museum, the Royal Collections of Windsor Castle, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and the Barbican Centre in England, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the George Eastman House in Rochester, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, the Public Library in Chicago, Magnum Photos, the National Geographic Magazine and many others.
The Museum of the History of Photography, currently in the historical premises of Palazzo Alinari in Florence, from October 2006 has the new seat of MNAF. Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, in the former Leopoldine complex.
Click here to see an old photo of Piazza S.Maria Novella
Managed by the Fratelli Alinari. Foundation for the History of Photography and twinned with the Nacional Cinema Museum in Turin, etc., the Museum of the History of Photography offers educational activities and an intense and stimulating exhibition program.
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