Ilford Multigrade Art 300

New gelatine silver printing papers don’t exactly come along every week so this really does count as news from Ilford (and it matters even if you are not a film shooter, see the end of the post for why):

HARMAN technology launch the first new ILFORD Black and White Silver Gelatine Paper for 13 years – ILFORD MULTIGRADE ART 300…

Hahnemühle agreed to help us by producing a special paper base. The brief was clear, 100% cotton rag paper base, acid free but with the wet strength needed to survive the archival washing required when making fine art prints…

The new surface delivers a matt fine art print that has both a texture and what some users have described as an eggshell sheen. Compared to ILFORD FB (baryta) papers slightly shorter wash times are achieved, and the paper can easily be handled in large sheets thanks to its 300 GSM weight…
[Compare to Ilford Warmtone FB at 255g/sq meter – Ed.]

The product will be branded as ILFORD MULTIGRADE Art 300 and will be available in sizes from 5 x7 up to 20 x 24 inch packed in boxes of 10/15/30/50 sheets. (Roll size and availability to be announced soon.)…

Full press release: http://ilfordphoto.com/pressroom/latest.asp

Bob Carnie (of Elevator Digital in Toronto) says:
Great Paper, works just like Ilford Warmtone with a great textured finish, thick and flattens really well.

There is a set of Flickr images here of prints of the new paper, not quite sure if this can really convey anything useful about the character of this product but here it is:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/26921666@N05/sets/72157625673197433/
(they are from Wolfgang Moersch, the lith king, so at least they are strong images).

Oh, and in case you think is only of interest to film shooters Amateur Photographer magazine reports here that “a digitally compatible version of the paper is likely to become available in the summer, so that professional printing labs can print from digital files.”

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