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Jun. 19th, 2005 | 02:49 pm

The latest news of Kodak's plans to discontinue manufacturing black and white photo paper is pretty disheartening. It always seemed to me that black and white had moved into its niche of artists and students and would just stay there. The three big photo paper manufacturers have been Kodak, Agfa, and Ilford, and I didn't realize that

"Ilford, the largest maker of black-and-white photo paper, went into bankruptcy last year, emerging this year after a management-led buyout. Germany's AgfaPhoto GmbH filed for bankruptcy last month."

I guess it's a good thing I still have that unopened package of Kodak Professional black and white semi-matt paper. Process Before 07/05. Oddly enough, it says it's made in Canada and finished in the USA. That article only mentions Kodak closing its factory in Brazil. I wonder if there will be any news about the factory in Canada?

If Kodak is completely discontinuing black and white paper, and both Ilford and Agfa are in serious financial trouble, that really makes me worried for the future of black and white darkroom printing. Digital photography is never going to completely replace the detail and beauty of well-done black and white prints, and it bothers me that the artists and students that have been keeping it alive for all these years (despite color photography etc) are moving more towards digital. It'll be interesting to see what happens . . . if Agfa and Ilford can just move in and take the place that kodak leaves (most people use ilford or agfa anyway) or if they too will continue to have financial trouble. I just hope b&w photography doesn't dissapear from lack of supplies to do it. I guess we could all just start making our own photo paper anyway.

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from: treshirecat
date: Jun. 19th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)

mmm your blog has almost-pull quotes.

i wished i'd taken photo at some point.

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from: wetzel
date: Jun. 19th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)

yeah, i've been playing with the layout and stuff on the blog.
but i'm still not sure

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from: drackonidae
date: Jun. 20th, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)

oh no! i didnt realize that things have gotten this desperate.

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from: champagnesheik
date: Jun. 20th, 2005 08:03 am (UTC)

Honestly, I always liked Ilford and Agfa more. I don't know why, I just have a bias against Kodak. I feel like it's too commercial; I don't want to sell out.
Although I wouldn't mind printing all my stuff on odd emulsed objects. For instance: my old iPod, my clothing, my backpack, and my bedspread.

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