Harman Technology Limited, the company behind the Ilford brand of black and white photographic products, and Harman brand of inkjet papers, will be exhibiting on stand C2 in Hall 9 at the Focus on Imaging Exhibition, at the NEC Birmingham from Sunday 6th March to Wednesday 9th March 2011.
Focus 2011 sees the introduction of the first new Ilford Black and White Silver Gelatine Paper for 13 years - Ilford Multigrade ART 300, coated on a true fine art paper base produced exclusively for Harman technology by Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH.
Multigrade Art 300 is a true fine art textured matt paper with a Multigrade silver gelatine coating. It features a 100% cotton rag, acid free, cool paper base, and gives a neutral to warm image tone. Compared to Ilford FB (baryta) papers slightly shorter wash times are achieved and the paper can easily be handled in large sheets thanks to its 300 GSM weight.
This new textured paper for conventional black and white process will be exhibited with images from fine art photographer and printer, Tim Rudman, who will be on hand daily to talk about his work with black and white toning materials, and discuss his book "The Master Photographer's Toning Book - A Definitive Guide".
For the first time ever, a Harman Studio will offer visitors the opportunity to have their portraits taken using Harman Direct Positive Paper, a real black and white silver gelatine paper that will be processed on the day in an Ilford 2150 RC processor. As no film negative is required the 8x10 inch RC paper can be processed immediately. Photography students from Warwickshire College will assist in the running of the studio and darkroom. All portraits will be displayed throughout the day and can be collected when leaving the exhibition.
Primarily suited for use in pinhole cameras where exposure and processing in conventional black and white photo chemistry achieves a unique positive print - without the need for a film negative or inter-negative, Harman Direct Positive paper can also be successfully used in other applications such as direct exposure in large format cameras. Creative and unusual effects can be achieved when used to make photograms or perhaps substituted for standard photo paper when printing from negatives in an enlarger.
Harman are showing a range of fun cameras from Holga, suitable for pin-hole photography. These cameras with their quirky features have become a “cult classic” among photographers. The Zero Image camera, a new collectible handmade wooden pinhole camera with its antique design will be on view, as well as new models from Walker Cameras.
Visitors to the stand will also have the opportunity to see and discuss the black and white silver gelatin process and print capabilities of Ilford Lab Direct. This specialist in-house black and white printing service located at the Harman base in Cheshire, offers high quality film processing, and digital printing, with enlargement capability up to 30 x 40 inches, all using real silver gelatin photographic paper. Call at the stand to enter the free prize draw for an opportunity to win £100 worth of processing services. Full details of the complete range of services available can be found on the Ilford Lab
Supporting the photographic community Harman will be assisted by representatives from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain available to discuss their many activities.
Commercial photographer, writer, teacher and Ilford Masterclass presenter, Jerry Lebens will be on hand throughout the exhibition to demonstrate and discuss printing techniques with the new Harman Crystaljet Elite resin coated inkjet paper, and the Harman by Hahnemühle range of inkjet media.
Winning images from the Harman Student Inkjet Competition 2010 are on display.
First prize of a Nikon D3100 DSLR camera with 18-55mm lens went to Nathan Dundovic of Farnborough Sixth Form College for his image titled “Yellow Cab Sea” printed on Harman Crystaljet RC inkjet paper.
The 2 runners up, both from Macclesfield College, who each received £200 worth of products from Harman express.com, are Charlotte Palazzo with her image titled “Pause”, and Martyn How with “The Butcher”
The Harman Express Shop at the stand will have a wide range of Ilford black and white films and papers, as well as inkjet papers from Harman PHOTO, and Harman by Hahnemühle available to buy at the show. Visitors will be able to benefit from many Special Show Prices. Sample packs of the new Ilford Multigrade ART 300 paper, and new Harman Crystaljet Elite inkjet papers will be available to buy on the day.