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 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.
In 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.
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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Our 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.
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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.
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?
We’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.
The 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.
I 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 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.”
Listen 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:
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.
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 ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper? I’m glad you asked!
Digital Silver Imaging has just introduced new services that include archival color prints. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet media will be one of the mainstay options for inkjet print offerings from DSI. “We took the most challenging aspect of digital photography, black and white, and perfected that service. Now we want to create the finest archival color prints for our customers with the same high quality on which we’ve built our reputation,” says Eric Luden. “Using large format Epson printers with HDR inks and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet media brings proven quality on a refined surface that has a superb look and feel.” Recently released print permanence data by Wilhelm Research indicates that the archival properties of this inkjet media with pigment inks is well over 200 years when displayed behind glass in normal room lighting.
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Eric and his expert team are ready to work with you to make sure you get the highest quality archival prints from your digital image files. Congratulations to Digital Silver Imaging on adding new color archival inkjet prints to their growing list of services.
ILFORD GALERIE is a name you can trust. Over 130 years in the photographic imaging business makes ILFORD a name that is synonymous with quality, print permanence, and beautiful media. Trust your prints to the archival quality produced by great labs. Try if for yourself. Step up from the ordinary! Find out what ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper can do for your beautiful photographs.
When you print on inkjet paper you want excellent tonal range, water resistance, and confidence that your image will not slowly fade away over time. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl gives you all this and a beautiful surface for portfolio prints, finished prints delivered to you client, or photos for your own enjoyment.
200+ Year Print Permanence
Tests still in progress at Wilhelm Research indicated that ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl, when printed with pigment inks and displayed under glass, will be beautiful to look at 200 years from now! Covering a print with glass reduces exposure to airborne pollutants that can cause “gas fading.” Using UV glass will yield additional protection from UV rays that also conspire to reduce permanence. Displaying prints made on Smooth Pearl behind UV glass can extend their life beyond 200 years.(Download the full report.)
ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl was rated as having a high resistance to water and humidity. Besides “gas fading” from pollutants and exposure to UV light, humidity is the next great enemy of print longevity. Once again ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl comes out a champ.
Even if you simply put the print up on a wall out of direct sunlight in normal room lighting without protection your print on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl using pigment inks is expected to still be beautiful for over 70 years! (Note that luminance levels exceeding 450 LUX for 12 hours per day may reduce this estimate). What makes ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl such a great choice for print permanence and image longevity and stability?
Nanoporous technology is part of the magic. Inkjet papers are made up of layers. The receiving layer is the layer that actually “receives” and holds the ink. Various additional layers make up the rest of weight of the paper and provide the base upon which this receiving layer resides. Nanoporous layers take up ink in tiny channels making the print “dry to the touch” when it comes out of the printer making it possible to gently handle prints immediately. This fast drying property allows you to use high speed settings on your printer. The technology “locks” the ink into the receiving layer helping to provide resistance to humidity and water.
ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl has a heavy base weight that gives prints a rich feel as well. At 290gsm Smooth Pearl exceeds the competition giving you the look and feel of a conventional photograph. And ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl achieves a clean white surface without optical brighteners. You’ll be amazed at the color gamut possible with excellent image clarity. Expect your printed image to meet and exceed conventional photographic printing.
All ILFORD Smooth papers are “universal” papers. They are well matched to both dye and pigment inks from a variety of manufacturers. This “universal” ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl no matter what printer or ink type you normally use.
ILFORD wants you to get the best print possible. That’s way we provide printer profiles for the most widely used photographic quality inkjet printers directly from our website. Go to www.ilford.com. Select “Printer Profiles” under the “Support” tab at the top. Here you’ll choose “GALERIE” and enter information about the printer you’re using. You’ll be led to a download link were you can get the printer profile that matches your printer ink and paper combination. This link will include the profile that you’ll need and a Read Me file that tells you where to install the profile in your operating system to make is accessible in programs that you use to print in a color managed workflow. You can also make custom printer profiles with color management solutions like X-Ritei1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro and ColorMunki Photo.
In each box of paper you’ll find a sheet that gives you valuable information on how to set your media type in various printer drivers to insure the ink is placed on the paper in a optimum way to give you the very best from your particular printer on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl paper. Color management is essential to a consistent, predictable workflow and ILFORD is committed to providing you with all the tools necessary to control your output with good color management practices.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing your beautiful images coming of your inkjet printer on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl paper you owe to yourself to try it and experience the quality, the feel, and the longevity of this fine inkjet paper. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl is available in sheets and rolls from you photographic dealer. Step up from the ordinary. Give yourself the pleasure of seeing your work printed on ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl. Visit www.ilford.com for more information.
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“Products as permanent as these ILFORD offerings require very long test times, so while these media have not yet reached the first of our endpoint criteria, the tests have been in progress long enough for us to confidently give all three papers a greater than 200 year WIR Display Permanence Rating with HP Vivera Pigment Inks,” said Henry Wilhelm, co-founder, president, and director of research at Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. Wilhelm expects these ratings to improve to even greater permanence ratings as the tests continue. He further adds that since these papers do not have optical brighteners they will resist yellowing which is also and important consideration when prints will be displayed for decades. Wilhelm Research, Inc. is a respected firm whose rigorous testing procedures are well known. We are delighted to bring these important new test results to you. CLICK HERE to download the full report.
“At ILFORD we strive to create the highest quality products in order to meet the demands of today’s discerning professionals who rely on inkjet media,” said Dr. Rita Hofmann, Director of Research and Development at ILFORD. “Our in-house research and development staff continues to develop [and] market leading products using the latest print technology. We are pleased that Wilhelm Research laboratory has independently verified the impressive permanence levels we have created.”