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…)
Photographer Derek Jecxz is a fine art photographer who understands the power of the print. His photographic artwork has been purchased and installed by hundreds of corporations, institutions and homes across the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. His beautiful fine art images have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums and has received many awards.
Derek sent me an example of a marketing campaign that he developed to introduce his work to potential clients. It’s a simple but powerful idea… show your clients what the images look like as a print. There’s nothing more powerful than holding a photograph in your hand. Here’s what he had to say about the campaign, “The marketing book was a huge success. The paper was a fantastic choice. It impressively demonstrated the quality of my fine art photographs. It had an effective direct result. It opened a lot of doors and gave us many new accounts.” (more…)
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.
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.
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 www.sinkowphotography.com.
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 ILFORDGALERIEprints. Be sure to visit www.sinkowphotography.com for more information on Sheryl Sinkow’s photography. I know you’ll enjoy her work as much as we have.
Learn more about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige papers including Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth Pearl, and Fine Art at our new site FutureNow.ILFORD.com. 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.
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 (www.michaelbocchieri.com) 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!
Enter your photo in the May 2012 competition for your chance to see your photo on the NEW www.ILFORD.com. You can’t win if you don’t enter. Have a look at another entry from last month that received honorable mention.
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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 (www.boutiqueimmagine.it), 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 www.ILFORD.com as the winner!
Be sure to visit and explore the NEW www.ILFORD.com. 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.
Congratulations to Alan Cring of Normal, Illinois who is the winner in the Follow ILFORD to Win! Giveaway that we ran during WPPI last month in Las Vegas. Alan is a user of ILFORD inkjet photo paper already and is very anxious to get started with testing other surfaces that he has not yet experienced. ” I am a dedicated user of Ilford papers,” says Alan. “When I produce 17”x11” prints of my landscape photographs, either for my own gallery or for customers, I always use Ilford Galerie.” We caught up with Alan to chat about his photography and why he uses ILFORD GALERIE inkjet photo paper. We were speaking to him the day the storms were rolling through the midwest so you’ll hear a bit of wind noise in the background!
Alan owns a studio in Normal called Emergent Light Studio. He is a professor as well as a photographer. His digital captures are artistically enhanced to communicate his vision. Alan uses sometimes mundane images to communicate space, time, and emotion. We really enjoyed the diversity of subject matter and the range of emotions his images evoke.
A 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.
I 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.
Senior 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 www.frankarmstrong.net 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.
Maybe 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.
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In a previous post, Printer Settings Using Printer Profiles, we talked about downloading the appropriate profile for your ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper. Just to review you’ll find those profiles at www.ILFORD.com. Select “Support” from the tabs at the top. You’ll see a dropdown menu there that includes “Printer Profiles.” Read more about selecting, downloading and installing those profiles so they’re ready to use. CLICK HERE to read that previous post in its entirety.
After we get the profile and we’re ready to print we need a bit more information to be able to choose the proper settings in the print driver of our printer. These settings will insure the ink is applied to the paper surface properly. This setting is crucial to getting good inkjet prints. There are three things that really have to be set properly in your print driver when using the printer profile in Photoshop, Lightroom, or other printing software:
Media or Paper Type
Resolution (usually 1440 or equivalent)
Color management must be turned off in the printer driver
So the question is, “What Epson or Canon or HP paper type should I set in my driver if my paper does not conform to the nomenclature of the manufacturer’s paper?” ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl is a good case study for this example.
You can access these recommended printer settings at www.ILFORD.com. Click on the “Support” tab and select “Printer Settings.” Here you will enter the particular range of inkjet media, your printer manufacturer, model number, and the surface of the paper you’re using. In some cases the media type setting may be different than what is printed on the sheet in the box because selections online can be customized for your particular printer driver media types.
Note that you’ll find the recommended media type setting and the recommended resolution as it is listed in your particular print driver. The “Colour” setting would only be used if the printer is controlling the color. Otherwise as we discussed above, color management should be disabled in the print driver if you are allowing Photoshop or another software package to drive the printer profile.
It is vital that you set the media type to a setting that is appropriate to the paper and surface that you are using. The quality of your photo depends on the proper setting. Simply leaving your printer driver defaulted to “Plain Paper” will not yield high quality results so take care to be sure this setting is correct each time you print.
Find out more about ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media at www.ilford.com. Step up from the ordinary and enjoy the outstanding quality of ILFORD GALERIE professional inkjet papers for photography.
Unique 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.
The 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.
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!
Digital Silver Imaging (DSI) of Boston is a unique photo lab with black and white, inkjet, and ILFORD in its DNA. Owner and former ILFORD executive, Eric Luden, brings an insider’s knowledge and perspective to ILFORD inkjet and silver gelatin based media. However, Luden is not looking backward, he is running one of the few labs in the world that is producing silver based museum quality black and white prints on silver gelatin paper directly from digital files. DSI accomplishes this nifty feat by using a laser to expose ILFORD light sensitive photo paper utilizing a modified Durst printer/processor. The resulting prints are actual wet process, silver based gelatin black and white prints (the kind you used to make in trays under a red safelight in the darkroom.)
In addition to producing museum quality silver based black and white prints DSI offers a variety of services including hi-resolution film scanning, digital retouching, mounting, matting, framing, black and white film processing, chemical print toning, and more. And because any lab knows that customers who calibrate and profile their monitors send in better quality files that can be printed with confidence, DSI has also just added X-Rite color management solutions. DSI customers can choose ColorMunki Photo or the NEW display solutions from X-Rite, ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro. All three of these solutions provide high quality monitor and projector profiles so that you can be certain what you’re seeing on your monitor is what Eric and his staff will be seeing on their monitor when your file arrives at DSI. So what does all of this have to do with