Category Archives: Photographer Profile

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Jeff Lazell on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth High Gloss


Jeff Lazell on location
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Photographer and imaging professional Jeff Lazell is someone who works with digital photographic images everyday. He oversees IT operations, production, and digital file management at the prestigious Fred Marcus Studio in New York City.  Jeff relies on super tight color management using X-Rite solutions for accurate and predictable screen to print match both in his work at Fred Marcus Studio and in his own photography.

Jeff is a photographer in his own right working in HDR shooting “urban exploration” subject matter – abandoned buildings, industrial sites, etc. He has fallen in love with ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth High Gloss for his personal work. He compares the deep gloss finish to the way the image looks on the monitor.  “Being able to bring the depth that haveing a backlit image on a monitor has and being able to replicate that on a print is really astounding to me,” he said. “It almost feels like you can reach into the image… It really is very, very close to what you see on a monitor.” (more…)

Phil Haber Winner of ILFORD Website Competition on Photography and ILFORD Photo Paper


Phil Haber December 2012Phil Haber’s photo of a sleepy street in Scotland has been featured during the month of December on as one of the rotating banners on the home page. The ILFORD Monthly Website Photo Competition has produced a different featured photographer each month since the launch of our new website in early 2012.

This particular winning photograph as an early morning shot that Phil was able to capture when he was traveling in Edinburgh, Scotland to attend a wedding. “It’s my habit when we’re traveling in a foreign city, particularly in Europe, to get up before dawn… because that’s when you get the wonderful light,” he said. “This was a Sunday morning… I looked out the window and saw a sky like you PhilHaberrarely see in Scotland.” (more…)

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Photograher Derek Jecxz and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl for Marketing

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Photographer Derek Jecxz is a fine art photographer who understands the power of the print. His photographic artwork has been purchased and installed by hundreds of corporations, institutions and homes across the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. His beautiful fine art images have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums and has received many awards.

Derek sent me an example of a marketing campaign that he developed to introduce his work to potential clients. It’s a simple but powerful idea… show your clients what the images look like as a print.  There’s nothing more powerful than holding a photograph in your hand.  Here’s what he had to say about the campaign, “The marketing book was a huge success. The paper was a fantastic choice. It impressively demonstrated the quality of my fine art photographs. It had an effective direct result. It opened a lot of doors and gave us many new accounts.” (more…)

Paul McAlister on ILFORD GALERIE Quality

Paul McAlister is an interesting guy. He’s an Irishman who currently lives in Ontario, Canada.   He’s a second career photographer who shoots a wide variety of commercial work from portraiture to fine art reproduction. And like a lot of photographers I know, he enjoys landscape photography most of all.

One of Paul’s images was chosen in the August Website Photo Competition as Highly Recommended.  He wrote to us to say how much he enjoys quality of ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers and we caught up with him recently by phone to learn more about his photography and why he prefers ILFORD inkjet media for his digital photo prints.  Enjoy the audio from the interview below.

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Mark Fisher of Fisher Creative on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk

Mark Fisher on ILFORD Gold Fibre SilkMark Fisher of Fisher Creative uses ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk for his photographic printing. His digital darkroom allows him the kind of satisfaction he once got from working hours and hours in the darkroom. In this video he talks about his first encounter with Gold Fibre Silk. “After that first print, I was blown away by the quality,” said Fisher. “And I’ve been using ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk for my fine art black and white prints ever since.”


Fine Art Photographer Accra Shepp Talks About “Occupy,” “Islands,” and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk Photo Paper

Accra Shepp is an imposing figure. He’s tall and lanky with a quick smile and a melodious voice. I met him late one afternoon at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City. I there to do an interview with another photographer before the opening of his show at the Kasher Gallery.  (CLICK HERE for more on Chip Simone.)

Accra is a fine art photographer based in New York. He was exhibiting his photographs of the “Occupy” movement in the front window of the gallery there.  He was there to talk with people as they moved between the two walls of photographs, filled floor to ceiling with images of people putting their bodies on the line to protest.  The photos were captivating and I admit that Accra Shepp himself is a force of nature.  Listen to an an edited clip of our conversation about his work on “Occupy” and his ongoing project photographing “The Islands of New York.”

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Accra Shepp Occupy MovementHis work on the “Occupy” movement began at the beginning of the protest.  He continues to document the protestors even now after the encampment has been dispersed and the media hype has cooled to the point that most people don’t even think that the protest continues. His images are deeply intimate but so contextually significant that it’s hard to imagine that he shoots these photographs on a 4×5 camera using film.  This is a process that takes time. It slows down the process of photography. It demands that the subject and the photographer spend time in relationship. And this comes through in the photos. “I was blown away by the intensity of effort and the concern that the people had brought to bear,” said Shepp.  “When I go to the site, I have no idea what I’Accra Shepp Occupy Movementm going to find… I don’t know what I’m supposed to be looking at until I get there.”  This leaves him open to really observing, addressing, and documenting whatever happens. “I’m interested in the people who are making the protest,” he said. “Because they are the protest.”

I was blown away by the diversity of people that Accra captured in this project.  People from every race, age, class, and educational level were and continue to be part of this political protest. The portraits that he has been able to capture right in context there on the streets of New York City is phenomenal. Each photo tries to tell the story of the person or persons in the photo. The images are intimate split seconds captured by the camera’s aperture that will live on to inform our memories of the Occupy Movement. You can see more of this work at the Steven Kasher Gallery and on his own website

Accra Shepp is also in the middle of another very interesting project called “The Islands of New York.”  This project attempts to photograph all of the islands that make up New York City. I was amazed to find that the city is made up of dozens of islands some only accessible by boat.  Shepp’s work on this project often spans more than one panel of large format film.  Then the images are scanned and printed on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk.

“I heard an interview  with a person who was talking about the various islands of New York,” he said. Shepp had been living in and documenting aspects of Chicago. As a native New Yorker he had not known about this interesting fact of New York being made up of a collection islands.   “To be ignorant of one of it’s most salient features seemed like a problem that needs to be addressed. And its a cultural issue obviously so that’s why I’m addressing it with art…. There are many, many remote parts, I’m thinking about …. some of the parts of Staten Island … you would hardly recognize as New York.”

This is territory that will never run out of things to photograph. And a fine art photographer like Accra Shepp is concerned with the print. “I’m very much aware of the print being the final arbiter between the viewer and me.  And I take great pains to make sure the image is just want I want it to be,” Shepp said. For many years he didn’t work in color because he was not happy with the image he could achieve with a color C-print. “The Islands of New York”  is all in color. “There are some things that I can do digitally, and specifically on the GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk which is a beautiful paper,  that allow the prints to be seen as they ought to be seen.”  The scans are wet mounted scans at a high resolution so that each image is 250-500 MB each, large enough to make a 20×24 print. ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk photo paper gives Accra the color gamut that allows him to express his vision in the print.

We talked a bit about the weight and the permanence of ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk. When museums discuss acquiring prints for permanent collections they are very interested in the archival properties of the paper and inks. “When the Museum of Modern Art was acquiring [a piece of my] work they asked me for a great deal of information….I was very pleased to be able to tell them that I am using materials that are on the… archival end of the spectrum,” he said. “These are works that transcend my generation to the next generation and on after that.”

Take some time to enjoy there is information on both of the projects that we’ve discussed here as well as additional galleries of photos and information on other projects he has worked on the past. And enjoy all of the great information, videos, interviews, articles, and a link to the Wilhelm Imaging Research studies that show the permanence ratings of ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk at

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All images in this posting are copyright Accra Shepp and may not be used without the permission of the artist.



Photographer Sheryl Sinkow’s Exhibit Features ILFORD GALERIE Prints

Sheryl Sinkow is one of our Facebook friends at ILFORD Imaging. She let us know about an upcoming exhibit that will be opening at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY on July 5th and running through July 29, 2012.

On the left a photograph by Sheryl Sinkow’s father 37 years ago in China. On the right one of her photographs from China in 2011. ©2011 Sheryl Sinkow

©2011 Sheryl Sinkow

The exhibit is called “Bend Like the Willow” giving us a look at another side of China. Sheryl’s father visited China several times in the 1970’s and took many photographs of the people there.  Sheryl traveled to China last year in 2011 and captured her own photographs of the people and the culture.  Some of the photos in the show are digital prints made from scans of her father’s slides juxtaposed with her recent photos taken just last year. It’s a nearly 40 year span in China’s history that is a fascinating look at how things have changed and how they have not changed in that nearly half century.

Listen to Sheryl talking about this exhibit and why she prints on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk, ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl, and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Fine Art.

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Sinkow Photography is Sheryl Sinkow’s business. Along with her studio business that includes weddings, portraits, commercial, and event photography she usually gives herself personal projects to work on. The trip to China and this show is the result of one of those personal projects.

Self Portrait ©2011 Sheryl Sinkow

Another of her projects that really captured my attention is her project called “Facing Breast Cancer in our Community.” As a breast cancer survivor herself, Sheryl used her unique understanding of the kinds of issues that many women deal with when enduring breast cancer treatment. Using a very beautiful mirror that belonged to her aunt, who also had breast cancer, she gave her portrait subjects the ultimate control of their image by photographing their reflection in the mirror.  These portraits are poignant, intimate, and reveal true emotion. Here is one example from the project, a self portrait of the artist using the mirror. Have a look at more portraits from this project on Sheryl’s website

If you have an opportunity to get to Ithaca, NY July 5-29, 2012 stop into State of the Art Gallery in downtown Ithaca to see Sheryl’s newest show called “Bend Like the Willow” featuring her personal project shot in China last year. The opening will be on July 6, 2012. See details below. Photographer Sheryl Sinkow’s exhibit features ILFORD GALERIE prints. Be sure to visit for more information on Sheryl Sinkow’s photography. I know you’ll enjoy her work as much as we have.

Sheryl Sinkow Exhibit Featuring ILFORD GALERIE Inkjet Photo Paper

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