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Fiber Ink Studio on ILFORD GALERIE Photo Papers

Lesly Deschler Canossi and Andrew Buckland founded Fiber Ink Studio in New York as an alternative for high quality inkjet photo prints. They met while attending Graduate School at Maryland Institute College of Art. Both are artists and photographers with decades of printing experience who lead workshops on color management and digital printing. They are committed to sharing their expert knowledge while providing color accuracy, a fast turn around, and a collaborative environment that welcomes creativity rather than frustration. Lesly has graciously offered the guest blog below to talk about why they often use ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and Smooth Pearl for client work.

Creating Lasting Relationships | Fiber Ink Studio

Lesly Deschler Canossi at Fiber Ink Studio. Print by Marc Lemoine. Epson Stylus Pro 9900 on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl paper.

by Lesly Deschler Canossi

At Fiber Ink Studio we are interested in creating lasting relationships with the artists for whom we print. While many of our clients leave the printing decisions to us, we have a solid client base interested in a more collaborative approach. An initial meeting to discuss nuances of papers is really important. We talk about the tone and surface of papers as well as how it feels in hand and how it looks on the wall. The next step is to make proof prints on different paper surfaces. At this point it becomes very clear which paper works for the image and for the artist. (more…)

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.”


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

Learn more about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige papers including Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth Pearl, and Fine Art at our new site You’ll enjoy lots of videos, articles, a cross referencing chart from the older ILFORD GALERIE papers to the new ILFORD GALERIE Prestige papers, and much, much more. Prestige 5 star heavy-weight fine art papers are sure to give your photographs the reproduction quality and the look and feel  they deserve. Step into your future now with ILFORD GALERIE professional inkjet papers for photographers.

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Nicola Tonolini Featured on NEW ILFORD Website

Italian Photographer Nicola Tonolini on Photo PaperPhotographer Nicola Tonolini is the winner of the very first Monthly Website Competition on Flickr.  ILFORD is proud to feature the winning photograph on its NEW website at Nicola Tonolini’s beautiful photograph is featured as one of the banner ads on the new website. An Italy based photographer, he specializes in wedding and portrait subject matter. We hope you will enjoy his amazing photo galleries on his website Boutique Dell’Immagine conveniently presented in three languages!

Nicola’s image called “Maasai Children” is beautiful, joyous, and haunting at the same time.  The dark, ominous clouds seem to create a dissonance with the joyous faces of the children.  We wanted to know more about Nicola, this photograph, and his photography in general.

ILFORD Blog: Tell us about the image that won the competition and the series on your website.  How did you come to capture these images. There must be a very interesting story there!

Nicola Tonolini: The image “Maasai Children”, that won the competition, and the others in this series that can be viewed on my website (, were taken in Southern Kenya. Every year I hold a photographic workshop for a limited number of people in a Maasai reserve, Kuku Ranch Group, on the Chyulu Hills. The workshop is organised by the Campi ya Kanzi lodge and a part of the income received from my clients goes directly to the Maasai community through the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. The images in this series were taken using a single soft-bank light (at the next workshop I will take 3!!!!) and under-exposing the sky by at least 2 light stops. Pastel colours are then obtained by working on layers in photoshop. It is pure portraiture and the Maasai are posing.  Suggesting this type of shot was risky as regards my clients because they know me as a photo-journalist and that I generally prefer reporting, but after having seen the first shots they understood that it concerned something special and they were enthusiastic!!!!  The unusual and strange thing was having to stroll around the savannah with a soft-bank light!!! You can just imagine the faces of the Maasai.

IB: When did you become interested in photography?

NT: I was 13 years old when I first picked up my father’s Contax, I went to a friend who was a photography enthusiast and asked him to teach me. Since then I have always carried a camera with me.

IB: How did you come to specialize in wedding and portrait photography?

NT: In 2004 Ken Damy (my teacher from 1998 to 2000) introduced me to the photographer Luciano Monti because I wanted to buy some prints of his photographs taken in the United States. In his studio I saw photographs of weddings taken using photo-journalism techniques. I was impressed and very touched.  From that time on I decided that wedding photo-journalism would be what I would do.  I think I have the best job in the world.  It is extremely gratifying to see the bridal couple become emotional when they see the photographs I have taken.  For me portraiture has now become secondary, still wonderful and stimulating, but not as exciting as reporting.

IB: What is it that makes ILFORD inkjet papers attractive to you? Why do you like them?  I understand you use both Gold Fibre Silk and Smooth Pearl.

NT: After buying an Epson Stylus Pro 4880 printer I started trying out fine-art paper made by various companies. I hoped to find something that echoed the old baryta paper I used to use in the darkroom. When I saw the first print of a photograph on ILFORD Galerie Gold Fibre Silk I was stunned! I thought: “that’s my paper!” Incredible details and an unbeatable depth of black! In my opinion it is the best barium-sulphate paper available at the moment.   I now use it also for weddings.  Another paper I use often in my work as a wedding photographer is the ILFORD Galerie Smooth Pearl. It has an excellent quality-price ratio, uniform shades of colours, good details and it is particularly resistant to scratches and fingerprints.

IB: What is the most important thing about your art?  What is the thing that you want people to get from your photographs?

NT: Feelings!  If you lose your enthusiasm and the ability to feel, even with small things, then it is all over! I love my work and my clients know that it is not possible to achieve certain shots unless you are touched by what surrounds you.  Curiosity!  This is surely the second essential thing.  I think that anyone in any job, becomes an artist if he is excited by what he does and if he sees the world through the curious eyes of a child.

Nicola we thank you and all those who entered photos in March for the competition.  Please enjoy all the entries on the competition group site on Flickr. Click here to go there, join the group, and enter your own photos in this month’s contest. Who knows?  We may be calling YOU next month if your photo is featured on the new as the winner!

Be sure to visit and explore the NEW It’s beautifully redesigned with lots of information that you will both enjoy and use. Step up from the Ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE photo papers for photographers.



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.

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?


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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