Commitment

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Press Release

Ilford Photo has issued a commitment to all black and white photography enthusiasts that despite other brands’ products becoming discontinued elsewhere in the industry, it will continue to support its existing range of mono photographic products for the foreseeable future.

Numerous black and white specialist products have been discontinued by other manufacturers in recent months and as the only dedicated black and white photographic brand, Ilford Photo issued the following statement today reassuring customers that it has no plans for downsizing its product range.

Steven Brierley, Marketing Director for Ilford Photo commented: “Over the course of our 130 year heritage, Ilford Photo has become more than just another photographic company – many of our customers see us as the custodians of the future of black and white photography. Due to recent news from many parts of the industry that some black and white products are being discontinued, we have had a number of queries from anxious customers asking about the future of our own range. As such, we want to confirm that we have no plans to reduce our range in any way.

Ilford Photo, through its parent company Harman technology, has pioneered a number of campaigns in the past to demonstrate its commitment to the future of black and white analogue photography, including the ‘Defend the Darkroom’ programme and its calendar of photo education materclasses.

For more information please visit the Ilford Photo website.

So far, so good.

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Death Valley, 2010

So, 2010 has developed into interesting year already. At the end of 2009 I didn’t have much planned either in the form of group or solo shows, no trips to look forward to and the personal projects I had planned to work on had slightly stumbled for a variety of reasons. Yet now, less than three weeks into the year, I’ve been to Las Vegas, the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, I’m scheduled to show work alongside Osama Esid at IFP Center for Media Arts in St. Paul, which will open in March, I’ve been invited to write a piece for Tom Persinger‘s new book to be published by f295 and there’s the prospect of some very interesting work from a great client that I worked with last year.

I’ve been scanning a lot of film lately, some of which is for the show and some that I’ve had sitting around waiting for the right time to work on, for far too long. I’ve always felt that an image isn’t finished until I have a print in my hands that I’m happy with, but because I often can’t find blocks of time large enough to complete the process, I usually get as far as editing and then it all falls apart and gets put on hold because of everything else that just happens, deadlines for clients, family commitments etc. The result is, a lot of work that I feel strongly about just doesn’t get finished and that translates to frustration on my part.

So for now, my New Year’s resolution (once again) is to concentrate on my personal work a little more and to try and get past that editing stage…

And finally, Beth has a new weblog that she’s just started over at Indirect Objects, so go, take a look at that.

How Film Is Made… for your camera

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A wonderful Kodak documentary from 1958 on how film is was made. The original English soundtrack has been lost due to overdubbing into Dutch, but it’s had English subtitles recently added.

Thanks to Martin and Janice at Silverprint in the UK for bringing this to my attention via their website. The film can be found on Dutch photographer Marco Boeringa’s website.

This is the history of the film from Marco’s website.

Kodak 1958 factory film

This fascinating 1958 documentary titled “How film is made”, that documents the production process and birth of photographic and cinematic film, was initially uncovered as part of a heritage in the Netherlands. Although its exact source and purpose are as of yet still unknown, it may have been an instructional film for new employees at Kodak’s factories world wide, and was probably used as a promotional film for the general public as well. The original 16mm film came into the hands of Frank Bruinsma of the Super 8 Reversal Lab in the Netherlands, who decided to have it digitized in conjunction with CINECO and the help of others, and make it available on the internet.

After a member of the Analog Photography Users Group (APUG) pointed out its existence, a call for a translation was made, as the originally American production was dubbed in Dutch, probably in the beginning of the ’60s, and therefore the original English soundtrack lost. A joint effort was setup, including me, Ray Rogers, Denise and Louis Ross, and others. Frank Bruinsma was contacted, who was kind enough to share the digitized version of the film with the APUG community for the purpose of adding subtitles.

After much work, this is the result. We hope you will enjoy watching this historic document. Although modern day film factories still pretty much operate with the same basic processes, the current highly automated and computerized film factories would probably make it impossible to make a similar film at the present time, as much of the inner workings of the machinery is now hidden. And certainly, we would miss out on the lovely intricate details like the employees manually inspecting parts of the film for defects in (almost) complete darkness. Unfathomable in the light of today’s high efficiency economies and societies…

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Creating the film base.

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This technician is (casually) sliding ingots of silver into a vat of nitric acid to produce silver nitrate.

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