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    Clay I Can't think of any right off the top of my grey old head....lots of amidol users but no Azo? IMNSHO Azo is not the vital incredient.

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    Hurrell used Azo.

    Otherwise the greats used DuPont Velour Black.
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    How many of us could name the papers that ANY of the greats used? I'm sure that like all of us, they used many different papers over the years because just like now, manufacturers were either discontinuing or improving their papers. The greats just didn't have the internet to share it with the world.

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    The Oriental paper ad says print like Ansel Adams but after examining his portfolios I didn't see Oriental anywhere. I did see Agfa and a host of Kodak papers. I just reread his Biography, and the Day Books of Edward Weston and a few other books and I don't recall seeing Azo in any of these books. I am not saying that they didn't use Azo but I don't recall them saying it was the best or only way to go. Is Azo mentioned in the AA series?

    Azo on eBay allows me to discuss Azo paper, the demand, the substitute, any alternatives, the cost of the paper before, during and after its production, anyone using it and anyone collecting it and anyone wanting to use it. If my opinions offend you then go to ignore or put your head in the sand because using the words troll or blog is so grade school.
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    Ansel Adams once mentioned that the finest print he had ever made was on AZO. Besides for that, I don't believe he really used much of it at all.

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    I recall seeing either photos or a video of Ansel's darkroom and it was filled with the Blue boxes of Oriental and boxes of Ilford Gallerie.

    The fact that Azo was manufactured for 100 years says somebody must have been using it.

    We'll have to wait and see if anyone is willing to pay nearly $300 for a 100 sheet box of Forte.

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    I think E. Weston mentioned in Daybooks that he used Azo for proofing his platinum prints?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan McIntosh View Post
    Ansel Adams once mentioned that the finest print he had ever made was on AZO. Besides for that, I don't believe he really used much of it at all.
    Believe he also said that the entire showing he did of 8x10 Azo prints bored him to death, hence he went for what he said was the more "dramatic" 16x20 enlargement. Whutever.
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    I just finished reading the Daybooks, page by page, very intently and I didn't see Azo mentioned anywhere in it. That's not to say he didn't of course. I read AA's autobiography and didn't see Azo. I have gone through the making of 40 photographs by AA and saw plenty of references to Oriental Seagull. Although the Portfolios of AA didn't have any reference to Azo or Oriental Seagull. Adams did say that Edward Weston used Pt. and contacted on two other papers but did not mention Azo. Maybe the contemporary photographers are giving it the push and without the contact papers of the past it is or was the only one left to use.

    If someone had the facilities to run an Azo type contact paper they could really clean up. For those who have some left, do you feel as reluctant to use it as I do? I have considered cutting it down, but to what size? An 8x10, two 5x7s would be nice, or four 4x5s. Edward weston made some really small prints. I have the In Focus book from the Getty and the print sizes are incredibly small. In the Daybooks, when he gave his 8x10 to one of the Sons, he went to small portraits and said the customer would have to accept them or else too bad. I like 5x7s and would be willing to double my paper count if new paper doesn't come along. I got 1500 additional sheets of 3 x 4 3/4 inch No. 2 paper some time back. It's small but it will be fun to see if I can make use of it. Some personal project perhaps?
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    According to Kim Weston, Edward weston printed on Haloid paper during the last part of his life. He also used Convira, Velox and AZO.

    Brett Weston, although printing on alot of Oriental, also made some prints on AZO for awhile.

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