We’re excited to announce a new addition to our Giclee Fine Art range.
Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Fibre Silk – Ilfords flagship inkjet paper. Containing a layer of Baryta beneath its ink receptive coating, it even has the smell of an old darkroom print and gives it exceptional brightness without the use of optical brighteners which can fade with time. It looks and feels like traditional black and white paper.
Boasting an exceptional gamut, high dmax/dmin and excellent tonal range this paper has become the number one choice for many fine art photographers looking to recreate the look and feel of traditional darkroom prints. It’s also archive quality meaning that a print well cared for should last in excess of 200 years.
We spend a lot of time talking to our suppliers, clients and generally reading up on papers and this one keeps cropping up! We’ve been sked for it a number of times and the reviews are awesome;
This one has it up against some big hitters like Hahnemuhle Fine art Baryta 325gsm and Harman Gloss With the Gold fibre silk coming out on top. Its also the holder of the 2012 TIPA Best Fine art inkjet paper!!
We’ve spent the last week or so testing it out, profiling it and seeing just what it can do. It joins our other fine art papers;
- Kodack Metallic 255gsm
- Hahnemuhle Photorag 308gsm
- Hahnemuhle Photorag Pearl 310gsm
- Hahnemuhle Albrecht Durer 210gsm
here’s a couple of lines from the TIPA panel who gave it their top award;
“The baryta enhances the media surface that gives the creamy whites and velvety blacks that form part of the unique look and feel of a true fibre print. The media also produces real high definition images with an extended tonal range, making it a must for exhibition-quality images ranging from vivid colour to dramatic black and white prints.”
Those of you that have been paying attention will know that the branch of ilford which makes Giclee papers is in a little trouble at the moment. They are currently in administration and are looking for a buyer (Anyone got a few quid they want to spend on a paper company) We’ve been looking at this paper since late last year before the announcement and as you might imagine we had some reservations about getting hooked on it when it might not be around for long. We came to our decision for a couple of reasons;
- Although we have no idea what state the company is in (info is a little thin on the ground). these guys make some of the best papers in the world with this one being at the top of the list!! We recon even if the company doesn’t survive the, brand, and paper portfolio is too valuable to not be snapped up and kept going in some way!
- Even if they don’t find a buyer, us buying a boat load of their paper can only help the situation for them (in some small way). We felt it hypocritical to sit and wait to see how it pans before committing. If everyone waited then they would surely go under!!
- Even if they do disappear, we’ve made sure we have enough of a supply to see us for a while and being some of the last people to use it and keep it alive if only for a while longer can’t be a bad thing.
Have you tried this paper? Maybe you love it or not so much! We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments bellow.