Photographers across the UK are set to gain access to a truly next generation inkjet media. It’s thanks to the introduction of Harman technology’s Photo Professional Inkjet Gloss FB AL paper, which is due to be launched across the country in mid-September.
Available in A4, A3, A3+ and A2+ (17x25in) sheets, as well as 17in, 24in and 44in rolls, this latest addition to the Harman Photo Professional Inkjet paper range continues Harman’s tradition of supplying the photographer with true fibre base inkjet papers for high quality giclee printing.
It compliments the company’s existing Matt FB Mp and Matt FB Mp Warmtone papers, which were unveiled earlier this year and which have already built up a significant following amongst the UK’s photographic community. All three papers are manufactured entirely at Harman’s dedicated production facility in Mobberley, Cheshire, enabling the company to maintain consistent levels of quality.
Even more notably, all three papers - the new Gloss FB AL included - employ real photo fiber Baryta. Widely associated with premium quality silver gelatin papers such as Multigrade FB, Baryta is a special coating that is traditionally applied to a fiber photographic paper base prior to coating with the emulsion layers. The technical benefits of the baryta layer include greater detail and definition, extended tonal range and excellent archival properties. In addition, baryta coated fiber papers have a unique look and feel which have become the standard for fine art photographers worldwide.
This fine art feel is further enhanced by the paper’s weight. At 320gsm, Gloss FB AL enjoys a strong resemblance to a traditional photographic print – a fact that has been praised time and time again in feedback from the US market where the product has been available since August.
Indeed, respected American photographer Richard Lohmann from Luminous Landscapes had this to say of the paper: “After two months of printing on Harman Gloss FB AL, I believe that Harman has produced a wonderful new paper. It gives photographers who appreciate silver prints something they have been requesting for more than a decade... a smooth, traditional surface made from stable organic materials.”
Aside from these benefits, the Gloss FB AL also employs a unique nanoporous Alumina coating. This ensures a smooth gloss finish that really brings both colour and black and white images to life. An additional feature is the use of new and revolutionary anti-curl technology, which ensures the paper lies completely flat, both before and after printing.
Speaking of the new paper, Howard Hopwood, marketing director at Harman technology, said: “Ever since we unveiled the Harman Photo prototypes at Photokina last year, people have been very keen to see the gloss product. Interest has further increased since photographers got their hands on the matt product early this year.”
“Photo Gloss FB AL is now here and customers can rest assured it has been worth the wait. We’re very pleased with the product, which is the culmination of extensive research and development. We have every confidence that it will be well received.”
Pricing and availability:
- 5 sheet trial pack - £5.99 RRP (currently on special offer at £2.99)
- 15 sheet A4 pack - £14.99 RRP
- 15 sheet A3 pack - £33.99 RRP
- 15 sheet A3+ - £36.99 RRP
More information about Harman and its entire range of products can be found at the Harman website
. Richard Lohmann’s full review of the new Gloss FB AL paper is also published on this site.