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Print Conservation for the Rest of Us

Image Conservation for Inkjet PrintsWhen some of us hear the words “print conservation” we immediately think of temperature and humidity controlled rooms nestled deep in the belly of a library or archive. But paying attention to some basic details of storing and displaying inkjet prints can greatly enhance the archival longevity of your own images. There’s a great resource available from the Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Simple practices like wearing gloves, using support materials to handle the prints, and paying attention to temperature and humidity can enhance the longevity and integrity of the print. The Image Permanence Institute provides and online publication called IPI Guide to Preservation of Digitally-Printed Photographs. Read it online or download it for later review.

Learn more about high quality photographic inkjet media visit Download paper profiles for the ILFORD range to enjoy the optimum tonal range and color gamut from your inkjet printer. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us what ILFORD GALERIE range you use for your inkjet printing.

New Webinar from ILFORD | Creating, Editing and Printing Black and White Fine Art Prints

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Printing black and white fine art prints has long been recognized as an art form. Silver gelatin black and white prints have been recognized as the ultimate printed form of photography known for the wide tonal range, beautiful paper surfaces, and permanence ratings. Since the advent of digital photography inkjet papers and inks have evolved dramatically causing collectors, galleries, and museums to recognize that digital prints now rival and surpass silver gelatin prints. Now your desktop becomes the black and white darkroom that no longer requires an enlarger, orange safe light, and trays filled with chemicals.

ig_b_w_01_a4-25_h12_h100_MainWith the introduction of the latest fine art inkjet papers and in particular, ILFORD’s new Gold Mono Silk Paper, black & white printing on today’s inkjet printers has taken a great leap in quality. To get the best results from these prints, you need to understand the tools available for converting full color captures into gray-scale images, understand how to adjust tonal distribution in an image and decide which type of paper will do the best job in conveying both the dynamic qualities of the photograph and the intended mood.

Join host Joe Brady in this free webinar sponsored by ILFORD as the workflow and techniques from capture to edit to print are discussed and explored. If you are a fan of black and white images or interested in getting started, this presentation will be time well spent.

This will be a live streaming webinar. CLICK HERE to bookmark the page where the webinar will be broadcast and learn how you can be sure you know about all the great educational opportunities available from ILFORD.

Find out more about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet papers at

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.”


ILFORD GALERIE Prints in Unique Photo Show

ILFORD GALERIE at Unique PhotoUnique Photo in Fairfield, New Jersey has a “unique” photo show hanging in the store.  Unique employees participated offering their photographs to be printed on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper. Diverse subject matter and multiple shooting styles makes this show interesting and fun.  You’ll enjoy seeing how ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl media reproduces a variety of colors and contrast ranges.

ILFORD GALERIE at Unique PhotoThe show consists of  30 to 40 large prints. The photographs include at least one print from all of the showroom and phone sales employees at Unique Photo. The prints are hanging in the Unique University classroom inside the store. The show will be up through the end of October, 2011. This show is planned to be an annual event at Unique.

I asked Mike Zawadzki why they decided to have a show of employee photographs. “When you go to a camera store it’s nice to know that the employees are also photographers… So it really shows that everyone here is still a working photographer or a photography student,” he said.

Mike also spoke about the excellent reproduction of black and white prints on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl and the great quality that this paper produces. “It’s very hard to get good quality black and white inkjet prints. A lot of us here are used to printing in a darkroom… The ILFORD paper has a really nice quality for black and white and the color ones look great too!”

Have a listen to the short audio interview we recorded with show curator Mike Zawadzki of Unique Photo.  Click on the audio play icon below and be sure to adjust the audio on the right side of the bar.

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ILFORD GALERIE at Unique Photo

Unique Photo is a camera and video retailer located in Fairfield, NJ. The employee photo show on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper will be up through the end of this month.

We would really enjoy hearing your experience with ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl. Please leave a comment here. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be featured on the ILFORD blog!

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We’ll see you in NYC at Photo Plus Expo in booth 1036, October 27-29, 2011.