I am going to try a small test, then ultimately a 40x40 Ilfochrome of the first one in the set which is dr5 to see if black and white will play nice with color material:
If it works well, I will do a limited edition set of the dr5 / Ilfochromes in a show to launch the book. The non-dr5 to be printed by me of course.
I suppose I could try my hand at the Ilfochrome process too since I have a Jobo....
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"I'm the freak that shoots film. God bless the freaks!" ~ Mainecoonmaniac ~
British eccentric 'mad scientist' and broadcaster Tim Hunkin has made cameras which shoot direct to large sheets of Ilfochrome.
Originally Posted by Justin Silber
He incorporates a mirror so his images are not reversed.
http://www.timhunkin.com/61_cameras.htm (the whole site is worth looking at).
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
I've got a bunch of Kodachrome back, from a trip to China, and at the risk of sounding like an egotistical knob (I'm not, really) I'm pretty excited about the images.
Any chance I'd have to make prints directly, as opposed to scanning and output digitally, would be something I'm interested in.
Originally Posted by Ektagraphic
Ilfochrome is alive and well down here in Australia with many large, medium and 35mm format professionals still ordering huge runs of 'chromes from beautiful Velvia (predominantly) or Provia trannies. Then they frame the chromes. Marvellous under gallery spots! As a working photographer, I have scant interest in cameras and lenses as objects of desire. My real joy is capturing an image on film and producing an exhibition print on Ilfochrome.
I agree an Ilfochrome Project would be a good idea, maybe as a salute to Ilford but, despite its equally legendary high cost, Ilfochrome is not going to disappear any time soon (it first made an appearance in 1963!) given its the first and only choice for ultra-long life exhibition quality prints.
Note that digital images (from c. 300Mb files) are also now commonly produced to Ilfochrome.
Sounds like there's more going on with Ilfochrome in Australia than the UK, maybe you've got a go-ahead distributor there. I reckon something other than us lot is keeping Ilfochrome alive, there must be industrial & governmental applications that need that colour permanence - (dare I say military?)
Maybe as you say it's time to refresh it's image, NPI. Maybe a starting point would be to give it some airing to pinhole camera users, plenty of them around now.
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I think you're partially right, but I'm sure I read somewhere that it's due to it's archival "colour" properties and used by museums etc for documenting valuable paintints & artwork.
Originally Posted by Martin Reed
Surprising to learn that musuems would go to the expense of Ilfochrome.
There are some very big spenders here in Australia printing pano-landscape and large format printing through the Ilfochrome model, and as my printer said, smaller job users (like myself) must wait until the bigger jobs have gone through (something about 1200x1800mm panoprints on Ilfochrome costing a fortune, and "they are what pay the bills", he says). My wait was 3 months until a bottleneck was cleared due a raw materials supply glitch with Ilford (UK I think). I only print to 30x40cm as print+frame-up for each one costs AUD$305; any more than this is economic suicide, as the market has a bigger take-up of beautifully finished (and framed) Ilfochrome panoprints, usually marketed at truly astronomical cost (as much as a small second hand car, really).
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When the paintings are worth millions of £'s/$'s costs begins to pale rather in significance. Many museums are also privately owned and outside Europe cash rich, moneys not an issue.
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
In Adelaide we have a lab that produces wonderful Ilfachromes/Cibachromes. They aren't cheap, but they sing so much more than regular positive prints.
They do the lot regardless of whether you are a small printer or large. Each one has a mask made and printed to perfection. 1st one costs you - subsequent copies are cheaper as they already have the mask and details from the original.
Next time I head home, I might just have to get some nice chromes printed up!
Originally Posted by ozphoto
You will indeed get some "nice chromes printed up": the stuff memories of good times abroad or special places are made of. And that's at Chromacolour in Kent Town.
Yes, masks are the costly bit for first-runs, the big saver for follow-ons; they still use the masks created in 1997.