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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.

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Turning Prints Into Revenue | Sell Wallspace

There are lots of great articles archived here on the ILFORD blog just waiting for you to discover them. Find them all on the “Articles” tab above! Here’s an excerpt from just one of them helping you turn prints into revenue.

Sell Wall SpaceSell wallspace

So how do you give yourself the best chance of making money from your prints in a fiercely competitive market? Firstly, think about your attitude when you’re talking to potential customers. Resist the urge to tell customers about the quality of the photographic tools you use. Materials including paper, while very important, are of the least concern to your client. Instead, adopt the approach of selling a carefully-crafted visual memory that lives in their home on their wall. Sell framed “moments” to your customers and they will not only come back for more, their friends and family will call you get the same experience. (more…)

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…)

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.

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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!


ILFORD Inkjet Prints | Make a Moment Last

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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?


ILFORD Imaging’s Marion Meissner Discusses Inkjet Technology

ILFORD at Vision11 LondonWe had an opportunity to talk recently with Marion Meissner, Leader of Print and Test Services at ILFORD Imaging in Switzerland. Marion was just back from speaking at Vision 11 in London. In its 13th year, Vision is a London based photo festival billed as the place “where art and technology meet.”  Marion spoke there giving a presentation that included the topics “How to get a good image with inkjet printers” and “How to display and keep a good image.”

I learned a lot from Marion in our short conversation and reviewing the materials from her presentation. She spoke about the need for accurate input profiles for any device we use to capture or produce an image. And of course we all know that we need to have accurate profiles for both our monitors and printers in order to get beautiful images from an inkjet printer. Marion’s presentation also touched on the phenomenon of metamerism, color appearing differently under different types of light. And of course she spoke about current technologies in inkjet inks both dye and pigment.

Marion took time to talk with us on the phone from Switzerland.  You can hear a short clip of our conversation here:

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Most current inkjet printers used in the photographic industry are pigment based ink sets. While dye ink sets produce a slightly larger color gamut, pigment inks produce high quality results with greatly enhanced print permanence.

ILFORD Imaging Dye and Pigment Technologies

In this illustration it’s easy to see that dye inks absorb into the receiving layer on the paper base while pigment inks remain on the surface of the media. Pigment inks are more archival but the trade off is some loss in color gamut (colors that can be reproduced). Dye inks have advanced in their stability and permanence over time and pigment inks have improved as well closing the gap with gamut reproduction so that most professional quality inkjet printers for photographers are pigment based.

Getting a good print from either of these two technologies is highly dependent on the inkjet media that is used to make the print.  ILFORD GALERIE media are designed with the most up to date paper coating technology. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss inkjet papers are ideal for both dye and pigment inks. While bronzing is an issue using pigment inks on glossy surfaces, ILFORD Smooth Gloss is recommended for use with pigment inks greatly reducing the need for gloss optimizers that reduce differential gloss.

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss inkjet media are “universal” media that equally support dye and pigment inks.  This can be a real plus for students and others who routinely use both types of priners.

We plan to feature many more discussions with Marion and others from our research and manufacturing facility in Marly, Switzerland.  This is just a start. We’re very interested in your questions and comments about inkjet media technology. Please be sure to leave a comment here if you have a suggestion for topics you would like to see us feature here.

ILFORD GALERIE Inkjet MediaStep up from the ordinary.  Give your photographs the inkjet media they deserve.  Use ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media for your images.

If you’re already a user we want to hear from you!  Leave us a comment and let us know what your favorite surface is from the ILFORD GALERIE line!

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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 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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