Having caused a storm of interest at the Focus on Imaging and PMA shows
where serious black-and-white photographers had the opportunity of
seeing examples of the superb results which can be achieved by Ilford
Photo's new digitally-enabled photographic paper Ilford Galerie FB
Digital, what will be regarded as a major landmark exhibition will be
staged at London's Host Gallery from 16 - 28 April 2007.
This exhibition, titled Ilford Photo, Pioneers of Photography,
will show more than 50 examples of the magic which results when the
superb artistry of some of the world's greatest photographers is
combined with the pure quality of what is being heralded as the finest
and most adaptable photographic paper ever produced.
One of the secrets of the superiority of Ilford Galerie FB
Digital paper is its baryta base. Although the principle of applying a
baryta base to photographic paper is not new, it has not been widely
practiced by other manufacturers due to its exacting requirements for
precise application and the additional costs involved.
Ilford Photo, the world's only supplier of the full range of
black-and-white photographic consumables, has mastered the technique of
baryta coating which creates a totally smooth pure white paper surface
by filling all the natural textures of the basic material.
Examples of this extraordinary effect can already be seen in Ilford
Photo's Ilfobrom Galerie FB and Multigrade IV FB papers which have set
the world standard for black-and-white analogue printing.
The new Ilford Galerie FB Digital paper adds a further dimension in the
form of an additional highly sensitive coating which enables the paper
to print from digital files via laser printers such as the Durst Lambda
and Océ Lightjet. The superb rendering which the use of this
paper endows upon photographic masterpieces will be beautifully
illustrated at the Ilford Photo - Pioneers of Photography exhibition at
the Host Gallery, Honduras Street, London EC1.
Among the photographers whose work is featured in the exhibition are
William England, Eadweard Muybridge, Maurice Broomfield, Cornel Lucas,
Norman Parkinson, Terry Fincher, Harry Benson, Eugene Richards, James
Nachtwey and Gary Knight.
The images on display chronicle the rise of black-and-white photography
over the last 150 years, encompassing historic landscapes and panoramic
cityscapes from the 19th Century, studies on post-war
industrialisation, celebrity and film portraiture from the 1940s and
1950s, fashion photography from the 1950s and 1960s, newspaper
photojournalism in the 1960s to date as well as contemporary
documentary work from the 1980s to the present day.
Altogether, the exhibition presents not only an opportunity to
appreciate the pure artistry and insight of the leading photographers
of the day, but also an illustrated guide to the progress of
photography itself and its relevance to the history of the developing
world in which these iconic proponents of the genre worked.
Co-curator of the exhibition with gallery director Jon Levy is Steve
Macleod, director of Argento Imaging, the specialist fine art offshoot
of Metro Imaging, one of London's most successful professional
Macleod is also a leading light in Ilford Photo's Masterclasses which
tour colleges and universities throughout the UK providing high levels
of tuition in darkroom work for photographic students. “As
this exhibition demonstrates, in terms of photographic post production
and imaging, Ilford Galerie FB Digital is the holy grail of
black-and-white digital printing,”
Ilford Photo is staging the exhibition not only to officially launch
Ilford Galerie FB Digital paper, but also to underline its commitment
to, and support of, the world of black-and-white photography in all its
“Whilst being able to produce the perfect print is
an essential outcome of the work of professionals and enthusiast alike,
the need to accommodate modern photography methods is crucial in
maintaining the market for black-and-white photography,”
says Ilford Photo marketing director Howard Hopwood.
Being at the forefront of black-and-white photographic development
means we are fully aware of the needs and requirements of our
customers, many of whom now utilise digital technology for the capture
and preparation of their images. With Ilford Galerie FB Digital paper,
fine art photographers can benefit from the best of both worlds.
This unique product brings together the added creative benefits offered
by digital manipulation, with the long established aesthetic and
archival properties of true baryta base black-and-white silver gelatine
prints, the outstanding results of which are well demonstrated by the
images included in the Ilford Photo, Pioneers of Photography exhibition.