How the Ilford stand should look at Focus on Imaging.Press Release:
The upcoming Focus on Imaging exhibition will represent an important
milestone for Ilford Photo, while also providing the first opportunity
for photographers, printers, labs, students and everyone interested in
the pure artistry of black-and-white photography to see how the company
has progressed over the last year since Ilford was reconstructed into
its present form.
It was last years' staging of Focus which saw the announcement by
chairman and managing director Phil Harris and his team that they had
effected a management buy-out to rescue Ilford from the receivership
into which the Ilford Imaging Group had been driven. A new company was
formed, Harman technology Ltd, which took over the Ilford name and all
the photographic plant and assets in the UK, and began trading as
Since that time, a great deal has been achieved in restoring the Ilford
name and reputation for high quality black-and-white photographic
products throughout the world. Ilford Photo concentrates on
manufacturing and supplying purely analogue photographic
black-and-white film, paper, photochemistry and related products (now
the only manufacturer in the world to offer a full range). The digital
imaging and inkjet paper side of the erstwhile business was left with
the Switzerland-based division of the group which has since been
acquired by Oji Paper of Japan.
Over these 12 months, Ilford Photo has restored its distribution
channels around the globe, with many previous subsidiaries themselves
going through MBOs, takeovers, reorganisations and consolidations to
ensure smooth continuity of supply.
Meanwhile, the range of products and services has come back in force
with many established favourites revived, and numerous new items
introduced to bring the company's portfolio right up to date for
today's market. Other areas are being continuously considered, with a
variety of launches planned for 2006, some of which will be detailed on
the Ilford Photo/Harman technology stand at Focus.
In addition to new products, a number of Ilford's famous events are
being reintroduced - some after long absences - such as photo
competitions, student awards, conferences, and the like. Some of the
world's best photographers have shown their allegiance to the company
and have been associating themselves with the brand and the quality of
work which it enables them to produce.
For example, Dave Butcher, one of Britain's - and the world's - leading
black-and white photographers and an Ilford processing materials
devotee (see www.davebutcher.net
), and Les
McLean, the celebrated
photographer, writer and master printer, will be on the Focus stand,
while work using Ilford materials taken by Kathy Harcom, Philip Pankov
and Andrew Sanderson will be displayed. Then, the Silver conference in
California in March, which Ilford Photo is sponsoring with Calumet,
sees the cream of the US photographic arena participating in a major
event which includes a seminar, photo competition, dedicated book,
workshops and social gatherings.
Those taking part in Silver include the likes of 'fine art' and
portraiture photographers Mona Kuhn and Keith Carter, landscapes
artists Alan Ross and John Sexton, people and lifestyle specialists
Jeff Dunas and Michelle Dunn Marsh, photojournalist Marisa Roth,
educators George DeWolfe and Mary Virginia Swanson, and British
darkroom maestro Les McLean, who will all be speaking and sharing their
passion for black-and-white photography. It is planned for UK and
European versions of this seminar to be held in due course.
These events, along with Ilford Photo's 'Image on a Box' photo
competition (separate details) and the 2006 Student Awards, are geared
to expanding the joy and beauty of black-and-white photography to as
wide an audience as possible. They enable everyone who appreciates form
and line, shade and tone, depth and detail, in visual art to
participate in some way - if only in spirit - with like-minded
enthusiasts in this, the purest form of photographic imagery.
In the meantime, the theme of Ilford Photo/Harman technology's stand at
Focus on Imaging is 'Passionate about Black-and-White' which the
company intends sharing with all visitors to the exhibition.
Anyone with any interest in imaging artistry should make a point of
visiting the regular demonstrations and technical 'question and answer'
sessions which Ilford Photo experts and representatives will be
organising, and in joining the movement back to real photography.
Further details on Ilford Photo products and services can be found at