I started printing in the early eighties in Paris then moved to the US in 2002.
For 20 years I never printed on Kodak paper.
Nobody I knew printed on Kodak either. All the printers gurus of the time were using Agfa or Ilford or Oriental.
I was living next door to the main darkroom store in Paris, they NEVER had Kodak paper.
Very few talked about Ektalure or Elite but I never knew where to find it anyway.
Kodak was huge in France, Newspapers or even Kodak used to give me bricks and bricks of film for assignments or just to help.
So.... Why ?
Why they never advertised their range of paper over there ? This is something I will never understand.
Such a pity. Because here I discovered the beauty, unique in many ways, of their long gone papers.
Now I print on Opal, Ektalure, Medalist or Kodabromide. They are Amazing.
Just yesterday I did some lith with 1959 Kodabromide that just went perfect.
Why was it the best kept secret ? I can't understand.