I got started as a photographer right at the tail end of the great Kodak products. I’ve watched one film or paper after another disappear or change characteristics so much that it should have been renamed. In all reality, Tri-X has been “discontinued” at least a couple of times. Over the years, I’ve developed the slightly cynical hypothesis that at any one time only one Kodak engineer knows how to make a product start-to-finish. It’s his baby, and by god, it’s going to the grave alongside. What possible difference should it make to a retired Kodak finish chemist if one, or a million, people are interested? I’d wager he would be keeping his ‘secret’ (should he actually know all the parts) regardless.
Chemical photography will muddle along. Its roots are struck deep in art history. Ilford is a phenomenal company and the others coming up in the ranks are learning and improving year-by-year. On the diy front, I’m just waiting for Kirk Keyes’ beautiful little girl to get to teen age. Kirk is a superb chemist. When he gets back to emulsion making, we’ll see some real progress. Right now, I’m truly enjoying the progress hrst and hexavalent are making. Bill Winkler is my personal hero. I keep digging deeper into the literature and gleefully playing with my chemistry set. There’s a lot of info available. No reason to be pessimistic for the future. It won’t necessarily look exactly like the past, but the problem with that is…??
Last edited by dwross; 01-09-2012 at 10:11 AM. Click to view previous post history.