TRI-X Film has, in the fifty years of its existence, achieved iconic status
in the photographic industry crossing boundaries of all applications and types
of photographers - commercial, nature, fine art, portraiture, editorial students
- and remains Kodak's largest-selling black-and-white film.
"Fifty years ago, TRI-X Film created a class of its own with its speed
and unique look. Today, it stands alone," said Myriam Quinones, Product
Manager, Professional Film Capture Products. "Whether a photographer
wants to convey power, beauty, intensity or grace all in the absence of colour,
TRI-X Film captures it like no other. The look of TRI-X Film is unparalleled,
and it is the black-and-white choice of many professional photographers."
Introduced November 1, 1954, as TRI-X Roll Film - in 135 and 120-sizes - it
was considered faster than any other film available, which changed where photographers
could take their camera and what they could shoot. Low-light situations and
action/motion could now be captured with outstanding results. Professional photographers
and industry experts have heralded TRI-X Film for its incredible tonal range,
wide exposure and processing latitude and its distinctive grain structure. TRI-X
Film has travelled the world with some of the world's most esteemed photographers
- including such luminaries as Sebastiao Salgado, Alfred Eisenstadt, Mary Ellen
Mark, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and John Sexton - during the past fifty years.
"Just about everything I have done with photography in my life has
been recorded on TRI-X Film," said Sebastiao Salgado. "I am
so linked with TRI-X film that even when imagining all the possible shades of
gray, I materialize all my thoughts in generations of TRI-X Film."
It has been shot in arctic and desert conditions, as well as many other adverse
shooting environments, and consistently produces outstanding prints. It is regularly
used in photography courses and hundreds of aspiring photographers continue
to learn the fundamentals of black-and-white photography with TRI-X Film.
"TRI-X is one of the 'icons' in our film portfolio," said Quinones.
"Professional photographers have depended on TRI-X Film for 50 years and
will be able to rely on it for years to come." To mark the fiftieth
anniversary of TRI-X Film, the film's packaging will carry a special "50
years" seal throughout 2004.