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Image Permanence Institute Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Inkjet Prints

DP3 NewsletterPrinting photographs on inkjet paper is commonplace these days and the concern for image permanence is always in the forefront of our thinking. Pigment inks and technical advances in photographic inkjet media produces images that will likely exceed 200 years in longevity. For this reason inkjet photographic prints are now the safest, most universally accessible media for preserving photographic images. The need for image permanence stability cannot be overstated.

The Image Permanence Institute recently completed an “IMLS National Leadership Grant for Museums research project to develop water emergency prevention, response, and recovery strategies for inkjet-printed photographs and fine art in museum collections.” Read the entire article here:

Completion of the IMLS-funded Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum Collections
Image Permanence

Illustration of image damage correlated to submersion time in water.

Whether you’re interested in safeguarding museum prints, your personal collection, or family photographs this new study gives us scientifically based guidelines for rescuing, recovering, conserving, and preserving inkjet prints that are exposed to water or floods.

Make the most of your images with ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet photo papers for photography. Ensure that your images will out live technological storage options available today allowing your images to live for generations to come. Hard drives fail. How long will DVD readers be available to read optically recorded files? What is the best way to archive images?

Making a museum quality archival print on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet paper using pigment inks may be the very best option we have available to us today. Visit to learn more.

Read the Wilhelm Imaging Research report on image permanence of three ILFORD GALERIE Prestige injet papers available at this link:

ILFORD InkJet Papers Print Permanence Ratings

Michael Clark: ILFORD’s Newest Master

ILFORD’s newest Master, Adventure & Sports Photographer Michael Clark speaks out about how he got his start in photography, and how important making prints are to him, and his decision process when making prints of his images.

The essence of photography is to make a moment in time last forever. One thing that won’t last are the massive discounts happening on select ILFORD legacy inkjet paper.

Buy a pack, buy a roll. Our inkjet papers are the superior solution if image quality and longevity are your goal.

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Ilford Master Stacy Pearsall And The Veterans Project

“Creative decisions don’t stop once the files are captured and downloaded. In order to complete the portrait, the proper paper and finish must be chosen that best represent the work. For the Veterans Portrait Project, that’s ILFORD Gold MonoSilk, a true black and white inkjet paper that works perfect with the portrait.” Stacy Pearsall

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ILFORD Monthly Photo Competition Winner | Mark Micallef


Meet Mark Micallef, winner of our ILFORD Monthly Photo Competition and featured on the website at for the month of July 2013. He’s been photographing for 35 years. His subject matter varies widely as you’ll see at his website We caught up with him recently to ask some questions about the winning photo.

ILFORD blog: Where was the winning photo taken? (more…)

ILFORD GALERIE Goes to School | Santa Monica College

Screen shot 2013-01-22 at 11.22.14 AMSanta Monica College has a vibrant Photography Department that believes in teaching inkjet printing as an integral part of its curriculum. This two year community college, started in 1946, offers an Associates Arts degree with a wide variety of course offerings to students who are often working full time and putting themselves through school.

_94A9492Professor Ford Lowcock spoke with us recently about the program and the importance of teaching printing to the students there. Ford began his career in 1974 and became a master at layer masking techniques working with Cibachrome starting in 1981. working with one of Eliot Porter’s assistants doing Dye Transfer prints. He also worked with one of Eliot Porter’s assistants learning the master techniques of making Dye Transfer prints.  His love of photography spans the decades right up to current digital technology.StudentShow

Enjoy this clip from our interview with Professor Lowcock:

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An important component of the program is teaching the process of taking the image all the way to the print. “I’m always encouraging my students to go out and print,” says Ford. “That is the standard, I think… does [the image] hold up in a print… I absolutely love printing and encourage all my students to print more.” The annual student exhibition is a highlight of the year at Santa Monica College. (more…)

ILFORD and Hunt’s Photo and Video offer Free Webinar

Join ILFORD and Hunt’s Photo and Video for this free webinar on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 1pm EDT.
Click the “Join Us Live” button and see instructions for registering and bookmarking the page to return for the webinar. We hope to see you there!

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Friday, March 29th at 1pm EDT

What are the aspects and qualities that make for a Gallery-Quality Fine Art Print? This Live Video Webinar will give you the answers. Exacting color, smooth tonal transitions, a well-balanced contrast range and the best paper choice for the image all come together to make a print worthy of hanging in any venue or location. Join us for this free live video webinar sponsored by Ilford and see what it takes to make prints that qualify as “Gallery Quality”.

Color workflow, soft-proofing and what fine edits to make will all go a long way towards making your results both accurate and repeatable. In this presentation, we’ll explore the process, tools and techniques from edit to output that allow you to produce a print both you and your customers will be proud of.

Start Times: 1 PM Eastern, 12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific
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ILFORD GALERIE Prestige is showing up in lots of places these days. Here’s just a sampling of articles and notices you’ll find online and in print about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige photo paper for digital photographers.

The September “In Focus” in Outdoor Photographer Magazine features ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss 310gsm and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm. Here’s one quote from the listing: “With a high-density heavyweight base and smooth finish, the papers are designed to deliver the true look and feel of an old-school photograph.” (more…)

ILFORD Imaging Launches Expanded GALERIE Prestige and New Premium Archival Quality Photo Papers

Today ILFORD, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, announced in the US expanded professional level (5 star) GALERIE Prestige photo papers for photographers along with the ILFORD Premium (4 1/2 star) product category focused on enthusiasts. With new archival quality papers added to each category, ILFORD is expanding its lineup with some award-winning photo papers that will allow photographers to recreate the excitement of the darkroom experience.

“At ILFORD we were among the first brands in the photographic industry to embrace the switch to digital. Through our in-house research and development team, we’ve played a major role in driving innovation in the inkjet media market, and with this new effort we are looking to spread the virtues of inkjet printing to a new generation of photographers as well as reconnect with darkroom enthusiasts who have resisted making the transition,” said Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing for ILFORD Imaging. “Our new product categories will make purchasing decisions easier for consumers, and our new online experience will help all generations of photographers reconnect with printing and once again take full control over the end to end process.”

New GALERIE Prestige (5 star)

Continuing in this tradition, ILFORD is introducing GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss 310 gsm and Smooth Pearl 310 gsm to its professional GALERIE Prestige (5 star) lineup, both of which were created to provide the look and feel of a traditional print but with the consumer accessibility that only inkjet photo media can offer. Recognized with a 2012 TIPA Award (Technical Image Press Association) as the Best Fine Art Inkjet Papers of the year, the new heavy-weight 310 gsm papers are fully compatible with all professional inkjet printers and are produced using the same technology that has earned ILFORD high print permanence ratings in independent industry tests. These new papers replace the company’s best-selling 290 gsm Pearl and Gloss papers and with their new robust, professional feel lend weight to any image printed on them.

Introducing GALERIE Premium (4 1/2 star)

While ILFORD will continue to bring its top-of-the-line offerings directly to the professional photographer, the company also recognizes that enthusiasts and students alike, demand the same high-quality print results of their professional brethren. With its new and expanding ILFORD GALERIE Premium (4 1/2 star) lineup, the company now has a dedicated product range specially targeted to this audience of passionate photographers. This new range includes the newly introduced GALERIE Premium Gloss 270 gsm and Lustre 270 gsm. Both products are intended for photographers seeking superior inkjet media for home and studio printing projects.

We’ll be talking and writing a lot more about this rebranding of ILFORD’s tried and true inkjet coating technology for photographic printing. Be sure you catch our special webinars about the new products on 6/20/12 called How to Print Like an ILFORD Master CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or look for postings of the archive later this week.

Along with all the great resources at we’re also launching Future Now, a collection of videos, documents, articles, a history of ILFORD, information on Prestige and Premium and much, much more.  Visit

Remember to follow us @ILFORDImaging on Twitter and “Like” us at ILFORD Imaging on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news from ILFORD. Step up from the ordinary with new ILFORD GALERIE Prestige and Premium inkjet photo papers for photographers. Your images deserve the very best.

ILFORD Wants to Know about YOUR Photo Prints

We’re always interested in how, when, and why our customers make photographic prints. We know that many of our customers are incredibly loyal to the GALERIE range and we want to make sure that we’re serving you as efficiently as possible. We also want to find out about your own projects so that we might be able to help share your story. There are photographers around the world who have been using GALERIE media for years, and we rarely get the chance to hear from them about why they choose our products. So we’re asking you to fill in a short survey that will help us determine what directions we should move in for the future.

The short questionnaire consists of 20 questions about your printing habits. We’ll also give you the chance to tell us about your own photography projects.

All survey respondents will be entered into a competition offering the chance to win the following fabulous package of GALERIE products:

ILFORD Photo Print Survey10 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk
25 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Pearl
25 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Gloss
25 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Luster Duo
50 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Heavyweight Matte
10 Sheet Pack 8.5×11 of GALERIE Smooth Fine Art

The survey is now open here: CLICK HERE TO BEGIN Remember you’ll be entered for a chance to win the prize package above. It only takes a few minutes for your chance to try six different ILFORD GALERIE inkjet photo papers.

Your information is safe with us. We never share your info with third parties. Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper for photo prints.

ILFORD, Instagram Photo Prints, and the Society for Photographic Education

If you’re planning to attend the completely sold out Society of Photographic Education (SPE) in San Francisco next weekend take a moment to visit ILFORD on the exhibit floor. We’ll be there making prints and talking with you about ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media for photographic prints.

This year we wanted to so do something fun so we’re unveiling our ILFORD Instagram Prints promotion for SPE. If you’re attending you’ll have a chance to have one of your Instagram images printed in the booth where you can pick it up.

Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Follow us on Twitter @ilfordimaging
  2. Tweet a link to your Instagram image using the hashtag #ILFORDSPE


  1. “Like” ILFORD Imaging on Facebook
  2. Leave a link to your Instagram image in a comment connected to one of our entries there about SPE.

Then come by the ILFORD booth (27) on the exhibit floor and we’ll print your Instagram for you.  Now your cool Instagram images can come to life on a piece of paper. Come experience this super portable, reflective storage media called a photograph!

For those of you not attending SPE we can’t provide you with the print but we would still REALLY enjoy seeing your Instagram images.  All images linked on Twitter and on Facebook will be collected into an Instagram Gallery on Facebook so everyone can enjoy seeing the wonderful creativity of our ILFORD readers.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at SPE so come on by and say hello! Learn more about ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media for photographic prints at