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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…)

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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ILFORD CEO Paul Willems on Inkjet Technology Development

Paul Willems took over as CEO of ILFORD Imaging in July 2011. In the short video below he talks about the innovation that continues to make ILFORD unique in the industry. “If you look at … the photo industry there is tremendous innovation,” says Willems. “We are not a run of the mill media manufacturer… we are actually building the combination of paper and film bases with optimized coating technology.”

ILFORD Imaging offers a wide variety of surfaces, weights, and textures of media including two double sided inkjet papers.  All of the media in the ILFORD GALERIE line is developed specifically with photographers in mind.  Have a look at this short video to hear more.

Keep reading the ILFORD blog and be sure to “Like” ILFORD Imaging on Facebook and follow @ilfordimaging on Twitter for all the latest information from ILFORD. If you are a photographer you owe it to your images to try ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media for your images.  Step up from the ordinary. Your images and your clients deserve the very best. Learn more at

Michael Bocchieri April 2012 ILFORD Photo Competition Winner

ILFORD Inkjet photo paper contest winner

© 2012 Michael Bocchieri

We have another winner. This month’s winner is a local NY guy.  He’s a photo editor by day and a great photographer the rest of the time.  “I’m one of those people that always has a camera on me… I’m always looking for photos. I’m always looking for moments in life.”

Michael Bocchieri ( claims this beautiful shot was just by chance.  But the quality of composition and execution of this image is far from an accident.  Michael has worked in the darkroom processing black and white photo prints in his college days. The smell of the baryta layer in ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk reminds him of his days spent working in a darkroom.  And he still shoots film, in fact, a lot of film!

But Bocchieri is anything but haphazard about his printing. He’s serious. He’s demanding. And he loves ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl and Gold Fibre Silk.  Have a look at this short video of Michael talking about this shot and what he thinks of ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk inkjet photo paper.

Enter your photo in the May 2012 competition for your chance to see your photo on the NEW You can’t win if you don’t enter. Have a look at another entry from last month that received honorable mention.

© 2012 Giovanni Giannandrea (Scotland)

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ILFORD Master Eddie Tapp LIVE Webinar!

Eddie Tapp ILFORD X-Rite WebinarYou will want to make some time to attend a LIVE webinar this Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:00pm EDT / GMT 17:00 featuring ILFORD Master Eddie Tapp. This webinar is called Creating a Gallery Quality Print. All you need is the link and a good internet connection to view and participate live in this amazing international event. Just click the “Join Us Live” button at the bottom on the day of the event. Please note that there is no pre-registration. Simply go to this page on May 3rd at 1PM EDT, enter your E-Mail address, Postal Code and Country and the live streaming video will begin!

Eddie Tapp will be joined by Joe Brady to discuss the workflow necessary to produce your gallery quality print. Eddie is a fan of ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk so be sure to tune in to hear what he has to say about ILFORD GALERIE inkjet photo papers for photographers.

Be sure to check out for lots of other information including the monthly Flickr Photo Contest. Your photo could be featured on the new ILFORD website. And remember to “Like” ILFORD Imaging on Facebook and follow @ilfordimaging on Twitter to keep up with all the latest from ILFORD.  Step up from the Ordinary with inkjet photo paper for digital photographers from ILFORD.

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.

Frank Armstrong of Clark University on ILFORD GALERIE Inkjet Papers

ILFORD GALERIE Inkjet Papers by Frank ArmstrongA few weeks ago I drove out to Worcester, Massachusetts to Clark University to visit with Frank Armstrong.  Frank is one of those guys that everyone in this area knows and knows about. He loves photography. He mentors many young photographers. And he helps run the digital program at Clark University where he continues to mentor and inspire photographers of all ages. Frank is a wonderful photographer.  He began his career while in the Navy based on a remote island where he found and read photography magazines at his duty post there and essentially taught himself the craft.

Frank Armstrong can be found most days sitting at a table in the middle of the hallway between the darkroom and the digital lab at Clark University.  He and other instructors are constantly available to the students.  And from my observation the students love having their teachers and mentors sitting there in the midst of the hustle and bustle of their creative process.

Frank took a few moments to talk with us about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet media*, the fact that he likes ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl for printing his photography and why he recommends it to his students. Have a look at the video below.

ILFORD at Clark UniversityI first heard about Clark University from another photographer graduate, nature photographer Juan Pons.  This small but prestigious university located in Worcester, Massachusetts was instrumental in Juan’s development as a photographer. Clark University has a diverse student body and a broad academic appeal. From Psychology and Business Management to Art and Photography, Clark University provides its students with a high quality education in an intimate environment of supportive learning. “Through opportunities such as the Steinbrecker Fellowships, a number of our photography students are able to travel to far off places to volunteer for multiple weeks and photograph their experiences. Recent destinations have been Nepal, India, Iceland, Nigeria….to mention a few,” says Frank.

Photography is part of the Studio Arts Program within the Department of the Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University. The photography lab was established in 1979 by way of a large donation to build a darkroom facility for students. Digital photography was introduced to Clark students in 1993 when Professor Stephen DiRado bought a computer, scanner and printer for students. Soon photo patrons and alumni/ae began donating both money and equipment to expand the facilities. The digital lab is available to the students as well as a wet darkroom to learn what we now call “analogue” or silver based processes – film processing and printing on black and white silver based paper.

Clark University and ILFORDSenior Lecturer Stephen DiRado heads the photography facilities and has been at Clark teaching photography and visual arts courses since 1983. Frank is also joined by Adjunct Rachel Loischild  who teaches continuing education COPACE. Photography instruction at Clark University is a team sport with these three dedicated educators sharing their love for photography.

The Traina Center for the Arts has been home to photography facilities since 2004. The analog darkroom has 14 enlargers and digital facility offers 11 stations and two large format professional Epson printers – a 4880 and 7900. The photography facilities also include two critique rooms.

Frank shifted to digital a few years ago and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk is his preferred inkjet paper for printing. Each of Frank’s photograph tells a story. His black and white images, split seconds frozen in time, are much more than a static image.  His work sends my mind on flights of imagination. they spark me to think deeply about what I’m seeing… what happened before, what’s happened since, what sounds and smells were present at the moment the shutter clicked.  Read more about Frank Armstrong and have a look at some of his work listed at Panopticon Gallery. And visit and  Frank’s blog called Pitchertakin’ where you’ll find recent work with his words to go along. Great stuff!

As Frank says, “We hope our photographs are worthy of lasting 200 years.” Digital photography is a wonderful medium for capturing photos.  And to really enjoy them  we print them so that we can frame them, save them, share them, and live with them. There’s just nothing like seeing a fine picture to lift your spirits and make your eyes smile.

ILFORD GALERIE PrestigeMaybe it’s time you tried or came back to ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet papers like Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and Prestige Smooth Pearl. Take Frank’s recommendation and have your photographs printed on a paper that will last for a very long time.

Step up from the ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet papers for your digital photography.

*Learn more about the rebranding of ILFORD GALERIE to ILFORD GALERIE Prestige here: ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gives Photographers the Edge

Check out these Clark University Alumni/ae who join nature photographer Juan Pons currently working in the field:

Spencer Platt Getty World Press Award Winner

Diana Levine MTV, R&R celebrity photographer NYC

Chris Gorman Studio on site fashion photo agency NYC

Dan Watson Freelance

Adam Ryder artist

Don Tarallo  Graphic designer, adjunct teaching design at Clark

Shaun Kessler Graphic design

Cheryl St Onge Guggenheim recipient

Michael Lorenzini Freelance, magazine, and author NYC

Kati Tiovanen  Arts Professor

Jonathan Lucas Artist Boston

Chris Miller Journalist, Alaska

Greer Mudowney Artist and educator

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!


Happy Holidays from ILFORD and a Gift for YOU!

Through December 31, 2011 receive 20% off on all your purchases of ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers. Give yourself and your business a gift for the coming business year in 2012.  Step Up from the Ordinary with ILFORD GALERIE professional inkjet papers that will show your beautiful images off in style.

This offer good in the US only and rebate requests must be postmarked by January 15, 2012.  CLICK HERE and see DOWNLOAD COUPON at the bottom of the page for more details. Be sure to check out the new video by Josh Fischer on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk and see the link to our blog on Eric Meola and why he uses ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk exclusively.

We count it a privilege to have had the opportunity to make a start with the ILFORD blog this year.  We want to give you content that is relevant and interesting. Please take a moment to let us know what kinds of articles and information you would like to read here in the coming year. Our goal is to be of service to you.

Our very best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a very happy and prosperous New Year from your friends at ILFORD.