As part of its commitment to not only manufacturing photography products but promoting the medium to the widest possible audience, leading photo-imaging business HARMAN technology has entered into a partnership with Imperial War Museum North (IWMN). Through its black and white brand, ILFORD PHOTO and its HARMAN PHOTO brand of high-end inkjet media, the manufacturer will provide product sponsorship to support the Museum with a number of exhibitions.
The first exhibition under the new agreement has recently drawn to a highly successful conclusion. ‘Fathers, Brothers, Sons’ is a small but poignant display of work by Seamus Murphy and documents how years of conflict have affected one ordinary family living in the Afghan city of Kabul.
The winner of six World Photo Press awards, Murphy first met the Ba Delis by chance in 1994 when Afghanistan was gripped by civil war. At that time, the family consisted of a father and four sons. The mother had recently died of an illness, one son had been killed fighting the Mujahideen and another had lost a leg in a rocket attack as he walked to the local bakery.
Murphy continued to return and photograph the Ba Delis over the coming years as they lived through the Taliban regime and the subsequent Coalition efforts to build a stable democracy. On his last visit in 2007, the now two remaining brothers had begun families of their own.
For this first exhibition to be supported by HARMAN technology, 19 mounted black and white prints were on display - all hand produced on ILFORD MULTIGRADE FB WARMTONE. This premium quality, variable contrast black and white paper offers a warm black image tone on a warm white fibre base and is especially suitable for toning.
In fact, David Hopkins, Special Exhibitions Manager at the Imperial War Museum North was particularly pleased with its performance. He commented: "From the deep, warm blacks of the interior of an unlit, shell torn Kabul house to the rippling surface of a clear lake in sunshine, hand printing on the ILFORD PHOTO paper gave a truly eye-catching range of tones and textures to Seamus’ photographs.
Meanwhile speaking of the product sponsorship, HARMAN technology’s Chairman and Marketing Director, Howard Hopwood, said: "We are delighted to be supporting the Imperial War Museum North not just because of its charity status, but also because it’s such a natural fit.
"Ever since the Crimean War, photography has been used to capture the horror and heroism of conflict. So much so in fact that the two are now synonymous. Some of the most dramatic images and some of the most famous photographers of recent times have all emerged as a result of wars – from Robert Capa and ‘The Falling Soldier’ to Eddie Adams and the ‘Vietcong Execution’ We look forward to what’s set to be a long, exciting and morally significant partnership.