I had the opportunity to speak to Antonio Perez about this personally at the time this event took place. His words were "We are hemorrhaging out of our paper business". So, with extreme losses, they had to close the B&W paper plants.
No Tom. It just was not selling. There were 4 paper plants. One of them alone used 6 machines for color. They could have scaled back, but B&W paper sales fell faster than anything else in their inventory. At least from what I know. Color is still up there selling!
This is good to hear. Providing a specialized service in a custom process with ILFORD materials, we have not seen any such 'good-will' toward services for their products. As much product as we freely advertise, we have never even gotten an acknowledgment.
Before Kodak fell apart, dr5 was a regular on Ed Warners agenda. I miss Ed.
I had one instructor who would not accept any work from students if Kodak products were used in its creation. The jerk actually said that to the class at the beginning of the semester. We were asked to bring in samples of our work at the second class meeting, so I brought some of my work to show to him. He really liked on of my shots until I told him it was shot on Tri-X, developed in HC-110 and printed on Polyfiber. He got mad and told me that under no circumstances was I to use Kodak film or paper for my assignments.
He actually checked peoples's contact sheets for edge markings and rejected anything that was shot on Kodak film. You had to shoot on FP4 or Agfapan-100 and develop in FG7 1+15 with water. I finally quit that class because I thought the instructor was a Bozo.
This might be an extreme example, but I know many people who were told not to bother with Kodak papers by their instructors, because Kodak papers were not as good as those offered by other manufacturers. This might have helped contribute to the decline in Kodak paper sales.
I personally liked some Kodak papers very much. I miss Polyfiber and Polymax Fine Art fiber base and Polymax RC (a very good RC paper imho).
I never really warmed up to Mutigrade, although I do use it. I would not hesitate to use my favorite Kodak papers if they were available again.
My sentiments exactly. Perhaps you could have complained to his boss about this rather unusual and definitely uncalled for behavior. You're probably right. The guy is a Bozo. And mind you, I've nothing against Ilford products; I think they're first rate and as good as and better than most. I simply prefer Kodak products for most things because that's the stuff I grew up with and been used too all my life. I do miss their papers, especially the last versions of Polymax and Polycontrast before they ceased production. Still have a little bit of single weight FB Polymax Fine Art. Lovely paper for small prints.
I too prefer Kodak to Ilford, but with black & white paper and ISO 400 black & white 4"x5" film I tend to make an exception.