ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and Digital Toning

The “gold standard” for any professional inkjet photo paper is comparison with conventional silver based photo paper.  ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk is an inkjet paper that has the rich look and feel of fiber based silver prints.  And one of the most shocking things about it… the smell!  The distinctive aroma of Gold Fibre Silk comes from the baryta (barium sulphate) layer that resides underneath the ink receiving layer.  This gives Gold Fibre Silk a similar structure to traditional light sensitive fibre based photographic papers. At a substantial 310gsm weight, ILFORD GALERIE PrestigeGold Fibre Silk “feels” like double weight fiber photographic paper.

Gold Fibre Silk is suitable for color and black and white inkjet printing using both pigment and dye ink set printers. Good solid blacks along with a wide color gamut for reproduction makes it a perfect choice for both albums and framed prints, from portraits to landscapes. This paper provides excellent sharpness with excellent print permanence and resistance to humidity according to recent data published by Wilhelm Imaging Research. (more…)

ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk at Steven Kasher Gallery

ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk by Chip SimoneFine art photographer Chip Simone is a true believer in ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk inkjet photo paper. His exhibit at Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC features all new prints all on Gold Fibre Silk. We caught up with Chip before the opening of his show in NYC. “This is a very exciting opportunity to present my work to New York… I’m very grateful to the good people at the Kasher Gallery for having the exhibition which is my first one person show in New York.”  The show is comprised of 40 newly printed images all printed on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk inkjet paper. “I never imagined I would make prints as strong as these,” said Simone of the quality he was able to achieve with the baryta base ILFORD inkjet paper. Enjoy this short video featuring Chip Simone talking about his work and the importance of black in a photograph which he describes as the “base note” that anchors the image.

Find out more about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet papers for fine art photography at Chip Simone believes that the printed photograph completes his work.  Step up from the ordinary and give your photographs the benefit of ILFORD GALERIE Prestige fine art photo papers.


Chip Simone | ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk “Changed Everything”

Chip Simone talks about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre SilkChip Simone is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. His work is compelling, interesting, diverse… all qualities that have garnered multiple gallery shows for him recently including a major show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Chip Simone prints only on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk inkjet paper. Recently I caught up with Chip to talk about his work and why he uses only Gold Fibre Silk for his digital inkjet prints.

“I’m a street photographer, ” his bio says. ” I have been making photographs for more than four decades and I remain dedicated to the pursuit of my personal vision as a means of self-expression.” Chip attended Rhode Island School of Design where he met and studied with Harry Callahan, one of the great photographers of the mid-twentieth century. “Photography was very clearly defined as a practice that was done in black and white with relatively small silver prints,” says Chip. “The world of photography was relatively small. There were probably fewer than 500 students in the whole country when I was in art school… I was grounded in the relatively narrow convention of expressive photography. With Callahan, who was a task master and who valued expressive printing over zone system printing, … there was a very different emphasis, it was a much more intuitive.”  Chip Simone shot and printed black and white exclusively until the late 1990’s working in 8×10 format from 1973-1983.  Just at the turn of the century he began to hear about and think about digital photography.

Chip Simone Photo ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre SilkIn 2000 he shot both color  and black and white film on a road trip with a friend traveling for two weeks from South Dakota to Palm Springs, California. He says, “When I got back to Atlanta and processed the film and looked at the result I never worked in black and white again.” He began to try to figure out how to “make the digital thing work.” In the early days the papers and ink sets were not acceptable to him. But it was clear to him that the industry was moving in a positive direction.

When ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk came along Chip says, “It changed everything.” He waited 7 years in some cases before he began to print the images he was capturing on color film.  It was ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk that convinced him that the quality had arrived. He says that scanned Kodachrome files looked like dye transfer prints. So he began to work more intensely in color, printing only on Gold Fibre Silk.

Take a moment to listen to this short audio clip of more of our conversation about his photography and why he uses ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk exclusively for his fine art prints.

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According to Chip his show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta was directly attributable to showing the work as small work prints on Gold Fibre Silk. Chip says, “Gold Fibre Silk really changed my life because it gave me the confidence to make a certain photograph knowing full well that I could render it with a certain intensity and integrity which the material has enabled me to do.”

His new book called Chroma looks at the second half of his career working in color. The book is published by Nazraeli Press. It is a beautiful hard cover monograph of thirty five images.  All of the plates for the book were made from digital prints on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk.

A brand new show will open in April in New York a the Stephen Kasher Gallery. Chip Simone’s work is collected by the likes of Sir Elton John, The High Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and The Worcester Historical Museum in Worcester, MA.

Below we’ve posted a video for you of Chip talking about “The Resonante Image,” the title of his show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Enjoy!

Step up from the ordinary. Your images deserve ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk inkjet paper for fine art digital photographs.

If you already use ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers we would like to hear from you! Please leave a comment here on the blog, leave a comment at ILFORD Imaging on Facebook or send a tweet on Twitter that contains the hashtag #ILFORDGALERIE. We would like to meet you and consider featuring your story here on the ILFORD blog!

All images in this post are ©2011 Chip Simone and may not be used without permission.

Morgan Miller on Peace Angels and ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk

Severine Manuel, Lin Evola, Morgan Miller

Severine Manuel, Lin Evola, Morgan Miller

Photographer Morgan Miller became involved in a very interesting project this year.  He was retained to create a photograph that would depict the Renaissance Peace Angel sculpture that stood in New York near the World Trade Center site in the days immediately following September 11, 2001. This 13-foot sculpture captured the idea that the elements of war can be moulded into artwork that teaches peace and transforms the viewer. This amazing sculpture by Lin Evola  is part of her Peace Angels Project, founded in 1992 and designed to use art as a vehicle for change.

Lin Evola Peace Angel by photographer Morgan Miller on ILFORD inkjet paper

©2011 Morgan Miller

The National September 11 Museum wanted images of the Renaissance Peace Angel for the permanent collection, images that would capture the emotion of what the Peace Angels represented when they stood near what became known as Ground Zero in the days following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Morgan Miller was the man given  this difficult task. “They wanted artistically interpreted images of th[e] angels,” said Miller. He described the assignment as “quite a challenge.” Made from snapshots and bits and pieces of images rephotographed  the final photo is meant to reproduce the emotion of the Peace Angels standing near the World Trade Center site in those dark days. “These images … captured the moment and mood of when the angels were there and the people around them…  through color, shadow, grain, and texture.” Morgan said.

The images were originally printed on another inkjet paper but the opportunity to print the images on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk gave Morgan a look at the amazing color gamut, deep blacks and warm highlights possible on this fine art photography paper designed for inkjet printing. Check out this video.  Morgan spoke to us about why he used ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, the Peace Angels, and his thoughts on photography as a lifelong pursuit.

Step up from the Ordinary.  Join professional photographers like Morgan Miller who have found the extraordinary depth and detail possible with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers. Learn more at  From GALERIE Smooth Pearl to GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk you’ll find an inkjet paper to show your photography in the very best light possible. And be sure to visit www.morganmillerphoto to see more of Morgan’s images.


ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk | The Choice for Jodie Steen and Luster

Jodie Steen of Luster and ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre SilkOur good friend Jodie Steen and her husband/partner Josh have started a new venture called Luster. It’s an online gallery that gives you access to limited edition prints by top photographers at affordable prices so that everyone can have an opportunity to collect photography. Jodie knows color, color management and has had experience with many different kinds of inkjet media. But when it came time to choose the paper for this new venture printing collectable photographs ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk is her hands down favorite.  It’s not just the surface, the baryta base, the warm tone, the absence of optical brighteners.  Jodie is also proud to offer collectable photographs on an inkjet paper that was recently given a 200+ year permanence rating by Wilhelm Imaging Research.

Have a look at this short video and let Jodie give you an overview of this exciting new venture into online gallery and collectable photography called Luster.

We hope you’ll visit Luster at Every collectable print is printed with the utmost quality control and critical color management on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk inkjet paper.

Step Up From the Ordinary and give your photographs the “professional” media choice they deserve with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers for photography. You’ll be glad you did!


ILFORD Inkjet Prints | Make a Moment Last

William Henry Fox Talbot and Camera Obscura on ILFORD blog

William Henry Fox Talbot discoverd how to "fix a shadow" in 1835

Photography has been called “the art of fixing a shadow.” For most of us leafing through prints of our family and friends or enjoying an image hanging on the wall of our office or home “fixes” the emotion of a moment in our minds.  Just looking at a photograph has the capacity to transport us to another place and another time in life. Photographs sustain memories. And the older I get the more I value these frozen moments filled with emotion and memories.

This week a new video was released that talks about the archival properties of ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk inkjet media. Josh Fischer, product manager for ILFORD at MAC Group, talks about the archival properties Gold Fibre Silk and the importance of the printed photographic image. “The essence of photography is to make a moment last. ILFORD has been making photographic paper for 130 years,” says Josh, “almost as long as the art and science of photography itself.” This long legacy of commitment to high quality photographic materials is reflected in ILFORD’s research and development of quality archival inkjet media.

The archival properties of ILFORD GALERIE Gold now gives galleries and collectors of limited edition fine art prints the confidence they need to invest in photographic images with the assurance that these images will last for generations.  I don’t know about you but the images I want to pass down to my family of this time of life are just as important.  Take a moment and have a listen to what Josh Fischer has to say about ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk.

Be sure to CLICK HERE to learn more about the archival properties of ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk.  You’ll find a link to Wilhelm Research Institute’s report on permanence and a link to our blog interview with Eric Meola talking about why he uses ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk exclusively for his prints.

Your memories are important enough to print on a paper that will last for 200 years and be passed down to future generations.  Step up from the Ordinary. Make sure your photographs are printed on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk. Don’t you deserve the very best?


Inside Photo Plus Expo with ILFORD Imaging

ILFORD at Photo Plus Expo

Here's a shot of the booth after the show closed

We’re in New York City participating in Photo Plus Expo. We’ve had a lot of folks stop by booth 1036 on Thursday, October 27.  There’s lot’s of excitement about ILFORD GALERIE at the show.  Come by and visit!

ILFORD at Lieca for Photo Plus ExpoILFORD Imaging is also sponsoring a Leica event at Sun West Studios.  Presentations and a live photo shoot are part of the event. We’re making prints and having a great time there.  The event continues on Friday, October 28 from 12:30pm-6:00pm so be sure to stop in and get in on the action. This event is also sponsored by X-Rite, Profoto, foto care, and ASMP.

EJ Camp on ILFORDBeautiful large prints on ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper by EJ Camp are on display at SunWest as well.  The large photographs are just amazing. Larger than life size portraits and other subject matter get you up close and personal with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers.  Each photograph is identified so you can see exactly which ILFORD GALERIE paper was used.

Don’t miss the fun if you’re in the New York area.  Come visit ILFORD Imaging at Photo Plus Expo.  The Leica event continues through Friday, October 28, 2011.  And Photo Plus Expo exhibit area is open Friday, October 28 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper. Remember to keep reading the blog and follow us @ilfordimaging on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook at ILFORD Imaging. We’re doing two drawings during Photo Plus Expo so be sure to follow us and “Like” us for an opportunity to win!


Eric Meola Talks About ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk

Eric Meola, ILFORD, X-Rite, inkjet paper, digital photography, Ilford GalleryThe first actual Eric Meola print I ever saw was a black and white image of a café called “Brenda’s Café” that Eric shot on a road trip in Nevada with Bruce Springsteen back in 1977.  The rich blacks, the subtle grey tones, and the warm whites of this night time shot were so beautiful I was transported back in time to my early years working in custom black and white labs.  The print smelled like a black and white print. It feels like double weight fiber based silver black and white paper, the kind we used to rock in trays of chemicals before we even knew that we ought to be wearing gloves and masks to protect us. I had no idea this gorgeous photograph that I so dearly prize is an inkjet print on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk paper.

ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk inkjet paperI sat down with Eric recently to talk about why he uses ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk paper exclusively and try to understand the “magic” that I felt when I saw, felt, and even smelled a print on this paper.  Part of the answer is in the construction of the paper itself.  It contains a baryta layer that gives it the distinctive aroma. Read more about ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk here on the ILFORD blog. This same kind of layer was also present in some of the heavyweight silver papers that we used to print in the darkroom.  ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk is a warm based paper that uses no optical brighteners. These optical brighteners make the paper seem brighter than normal giving it a cool overall look.

Eric Meola, ILFORD, X-Rite, inkjet paper, digital photography, Ilford GalleryEric and I talked about the richness of the tones, the deep blacks, the permanence ratings just released by Wilhelm Imaging Research and the importance of print longevity. “I’ve always known that Gold Fibre Silk would have a high rating…and here’s the proof,” says Eric on the topic of these recent tests. “The reason color has never been really accepted in the curatorial world and never collected very much is simply you look back at some of the early C-prints that were made in the 50’s and 60’s and they’ve already faded to the point of non-recognition. So we needed this. We needed the paper, we needed the ratings, and finally it’s all coming together to the point where photographers can begin to, with confidence, make great prints that we know will stand the test of time.”

Eric Meola, ILFORD, X-Rite, inkjet paper, digital photography, Ilford GalleryListen to this short audio clip of  our talk with Eric Meola about ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk inkjet paper and why he uses it for his black and white and color prints. Just click “play” icon on the audio bar below. Be sure to adjust the audio on the play bar:


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Eric told me about a little experiment he did with an inkjet print that he’d made many years ago that had been in dark storage and a print made on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk. He hung them both on a wall in his home that gets direct sunlight.  Within a month the older inkjet print had faded dramatically and even though the Gold Fibre Silk was half covered, there was no line to indicate that there had been any fading at all. This made me very happy because I want my beautiful black and white print of “Brenda’s Café” to hang on my dining room wall for many, many years to come.

Be sure to visit Eric’s website to enjoy more of Eric’s beautiful and diverse images. And be sure to check out his new Blurb book called Recent Photographs by Eric Meola. Leaf through the entire book online and enjoy some Abstracts as well as photos of the volcanic eruptions and other subjects in Iceland in addition to some of my favorite photos from India and the Palouse region in Washington State.

Thanks for talking with us Eric about ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk inkjet paper.  Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers for photographers.

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Digital Silver Imaging Features ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl

Digital Silver Imaging, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet paperDigital Silver Imaging (DSI) of Boston is a unique photo lab with black and white, inkjet, and ILFORD in its DNA. Eric Luden, Digital Silver Imaging, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet paperOwner and former ILFORD executive, Eric Luden, brings an insider’s knowledge and perspective to ILFORD inkjet and silver gelatin based media. However, Luden is not looking backward, he is running one of the few labs in the world that is producing silver based museum quality black and white prints on silver gelatin paper directly from digital files. DSI accomplishes this nifty feat by using a laser to expose ILFORD light sensitive photo paper utilizing a modified Durst printer/processor. The resulting prints are actual wet process, silver based gelatin black and white prints (the kind you used to make in trays under a red safelight in the darkroom.)

In addition to producing museum quality silver based black and white prints DSI offers a variety of services including hi-resolution film scanning, digital retouching, mounting, matting, framing, black and white film processing, chemical print toning, and more. And because any lab knows that customers who calibrate and profile their monitors send in better quality files that can be printed with confidence, DSI has also just added X-Rite color management solutions. DSI customers can choose ColorMunki Photo or the NEW display solutions from X-Rite, ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro.  All three of these solutions provide high quality monitor and projector profiles so that you can be certain what you’re seeing on your monitor is what Eric and his staff will be seeing on their monitor when your file arrives at DSI.  So what does all of this have to do with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper? I’m glad you asked!

Digital Silver Imaging, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet paperDigital Silver Imaging has just introduced new services that include archival color prints. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet media will be one of the mainstay options for inkjet print offerings from DSI. “We took the most challenging aspect of digital photography, black and white, and perfected that service. Now we want to create the finest archival color prints for our customers with the same high quality on which we’ve built our reputation,” says Eric Luden. “Using large format Epson printers with HDR inks and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet media brings proven quality on a refined surface that has a superb look and feel.” Recently released print permanence data by Wilhelm Research indicates that the archival properties of this inkjet media with pigment inks is well over 200 years when displayed behind glass in normal room lighting.

Additional options for media including ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk will soon be added so that you can customize your output using DSI. These new color inkjet services are available now so be sure to check out for more information.

Digital Silver Imaging ROES Direct2Print Application, ILFORD, X-RiteDownload the free ROES application Direct 2 Print. You’ll be able to quickly and easily upload your images for printing streamlining your workflow and saving you time.

Eric and his expert team are ready to work with you to make sure you get the highest quality archival prints from your digital image files. Congratulations to Digital Silver Imaging on adding new color archival inkjet prints to their growing list of services.

ILFORD GALERIE is a name you can trust.  Over 130 years in the photographic imaging business makes ILFORD a name that is synonymous with quality, print permanence, and beautiful media. Trust your prints to the archival quality produced by great labs. Try if for yourself. Step up from the ordinary!  Find out what ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper can do for your beautiful photographs.


Photo Plus Expo and WPPI NYC Attendees | Free ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk Prints

ILFORD at Photo Plus Expo and WPPI NYCJust in time for Photo Plus Expo and WPPI NYC, ILFORD has announced an opportunity for a lucky 100 photographers to pick up  16×20 ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk prints. The prints will be available for pickup at ILFORD booth #1036 at Photo Plus Expo during the show.

ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk Inkjet PaperPhoto Plus Expo and WPPI NYC will be held October 27-29, 2011 at the Javits Center in New York NY. To demonstrate the professional quality printing capabilities of its ILFORD GALERIE range, which will be on display throughout the event in booth #1036, ILFORD offered  free 16×20 inch prints to the first 100 professional photographers that submitted their favorite image to the company’s secure FTP site by September 24, 2011. Produced on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk paper by ILFORD image specialists at its state-of-the-art facilities in Switzerland, these prints are certain to hold up to even the most exacting scrutiny.

Available only to attendees of Photo Plus Expo 2011 and WPPI NYC, this offer will present the lucky 100 photographers with an exciting opportunity to view their images on the ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk inkjet photo media which recently received high print permanence ratings from Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc., the world’s leading independent permanence testing laboratory. Results showed that ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss media achieved a very high level of overall Print Permanence and Dark Storage Stability Ratings. When printed with HP Vivera pigment inks, the papers were found to withstand fading and yellowing for more than 250 years in archival album or dark storage conditions, and are stable for more than 200 years when displayed under glass. The Smooth papers also demonstrated a “very high” resistance to high humidity.

“ILFORD media is crafted by our in-house development team to provide our customers with the capability to accurately and vividly depict their artistic vision,” said Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing for ILFORD. “We’re confident that the ILFORD GALERIE range will produce fine art-quality prints that will leave show attendees awestruck, and as the results of the recent Wilhelm Institute demonstrate, many generations to follow as well.”

For busy professional photographers, ILFORD GALERIE media provides a hassle-free printing solution that delivers the consistent results they require. To ensure the most accurate renderings, photographers can rely on the free ICC Profiles that have been created by the company’s in-house print technicians and are available for download through the ILFORD website.

Make plans to attend Photo Plus Expo and WPPI NYC and visit ILFORD at booth #1036 to learn more about ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk and other ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers for photographers.  See you there!