Fratelli Alinari IDEA SpA, the oldest foundation in the world still active in the field of photography, and more generally in the sphere of images and communication was founded in Florence in 1852.since 1863 the headquarters have been in Via Nazionale 8 and the firm was created and developed by the Alinari brothers, Leopold, Giuseppe and Romualdo. In 1985 the Fratelli Alinari Museum of the History of Photography, with the Library of the History of photography, joined the original ‘historical’ institutions, i.e. the Archives, the Art Printworks, the Publishing House and the Photographic Collection, and in 1996 their ranks were swelled by the addition of the Photographic Restoration Laboratory. Today Alinari is the guardian of the photographic ‘corpus’ and is responsible for the management of an ongoing program of exhibitions and publishing. It can supply iconographical research services and manages both Italian and foreign photographic archives. Alinari is a leading firm on a national and international level in the field of photography, images and communication.