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ILFORD Imaging Photo Plus Expo Wrap Up

ILFORD Imaging at Photo Plus ExpoWe’ve just come back from Photo Plus Expo in New York where the ILFORD Imaging booth was always busy. We were actively printing photos on ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers using the new PIXMA PRO-1 printer from Canon.  We were also using new profiles made for the PIXMA PRO-1 and ILFORD GALERIE papers. We sat down with Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD Imaging to talk about the show. Be sure to check out the video below by the folks at Photo Bay.

ILFORD blog: ILFORD Imaging exhibited at the recent Photo Plus Expo in NYC. What was your impression of the reaction of folks to ILFORD inkjet papers there?

 Jane Dixon: We had a fantastic reception from visitors to our stand at Photo Plus, who particularly enjoyed the chance to see prints being made from the new Canon PIXMA PRO-1 on our professional GALERIE media. We found that there was particular interest in our GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, a traditional fibre based paper and Smooth Lustre Duo, a truly double-sided media great for portfolios and wedding albums as the results were just stunning.

As the Photo Plus Expo has such a focus on new technology it was the perfect time to unveil our GALERIE ICC profiles for Canon’s new PIXMA PRO-1 printer, and we look forward to hearing customer’s feedback on the results they’re getting from the new profiles when they try them at home or in the workplace.

Ib: ILFORD Imaging specializes in coatings of inkjet paper for digital photographers right?

JD: That’s correct, we are passionate about providing photographers with high quality paper they can trust to give them professional results, and the unique coatings on our paper enable photographers to achieve this in every circumstance. Our GALERIE Professional Inkjet range comes in two distinct versions – GOLD and SMOOTH. We have a dedicated research and development team in Switzerland who have developed this range to make sure that it meets all the demanding needs of photographers, now and in the future.

Ib: What about ink technology? Does ILFORD also make ink for inkjet printers?

JD: ILFORD is a world leader in the advancement of technology for the imaging industry, and one of the services offered by our research & development team is dye and ink development. ILFORD has more that 50 years’ experience in dye research and we use our expertise to create dyes which are used in today’s inkjet printers. This is a service we provide to the industry so you won’t see these products sold under the ILFORD name, but nonetheless our ink technology work is a central element to what we do and it gives us a very wide area of expertise.

Ib: The fact that ILFORD has extensive knowledge of ink technology in addition to its expertise with coatings for inkjet media is a real plus isn’t it?

JD: Our aim is to provide an unrivalled range of products for the imaging industry, so having expertise in both ink technology and coatings for inkjet media certainly enables us to meet the demanding needs of today’s inkjet marketplace. I think that our all-round appreciation and knowledge of the craft of imaging is the reason why we are so well trusted and respected by the photographers who use our products.

As Jane said we already have profiles available for all our inkjet papers using the new PIXMA PRO-1 printer from Canon.  CLICK HERE to go to the portion of www.ILFORD.com where you can download printer profiles for all kinds of inkjet printers including the newest release from Canon.

The folks from Photo Bay also did a short video piece featuring Jane Dixon of ILFORD.  Have a look below and see why you can join other professional photographers and “Step up from the ordinary” with ILFORD inkjet papers for professional photographers. In this short video Jane talks about why ILFORD inkjet paper is superior and walks us through the line of ILFORD inkjet papers available for professional photographers.

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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Photo Plus Expo and WPPI NYC Attendees | Free ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk Prints

ILFORD at Photo Plus Expo and WPPI NYCJust in time for Photo Plus Expo and WPPI NYC, ILFORD has announced an opportunity for a lucky 100 photographers to pick up  16×20 ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk prints. The prints will be available for pickup at ILFORD booth #1036 at Photo Plus Expo during the show.

ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk Inkjet PaperPhoto Plus Expo and WPPI NYC will be held October 27-29, 2011 at the Javits Center in New York NY. To demonstrate the professional quality printing capabilities of its ILFORD GALERIE range, which will be on display throughout the event in booth #1036, ILFORD offered  free 16×20 inch prints to the first 100 professional photographers that submitted their favorite image to the company’s secure FTP site by September 24, 2011. Produced on ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk paper by ILFORD image specialists at its state-of-the-art facilities in Switzerland, these prints are certain to hold up to even the most exacting scrutiny.

Available only to attendees of Photo Plus Expo 2011 and WPPI NYC, this offer will present the lucky 100 photographers with an exciting opportunity to view their images on the ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk inkjet photo media which recently received high print permanence ratings from Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc., the world’s leading independent permanence testing laboratory. Results showed that ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss media achieved a very high level of overall Print Permanence and Dark Storage Stability Ratings. When printed with HP Vivera pigment inks, the papers were found to withstand fading and yellowing for more than 250 years in archival album or dark storage conditions, and are stable for more than 200 years when displayed under glass. The Smooth papers also demonstrated a “very high” resistance to high humidity.

“ILFORD media is crafted by our in-house development team to provide our customers with the capability to accurately and vividly depict their artistic vision,” said Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing for ILFORD. “We’re confident that the ILFORD GALERIE range will produce fine art-quality prints that will leave show attendees awestruck, and as the results of the recent Wilhelm Institute demonstrate, many generations to follow as well.”

For busy professional photographers, ILFORD GALERIE media provides a hassle-free printing solution that delivers the consistent results they require. To ensure the most accurate renderings, photographers can rely on the free ICC Profiles that have been created by the company’s in-house print technicians and are available for download through the ILFORD website.

Make plans to attend Photo Plus Expo and WPPI NYC and visit ILFORD at booth #1036 to learn more about ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk and other ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers for photographers.  See you there!