THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPER

IMAGO Direct Positive Super Gloss is a premium, direct positive black and white silver gelatin paper. With no need of a negative the image is exposed directly onto the photographic medium.

The paper, with a brilliant, super-glossy surface impresses through its sharpness, its high contrast and its distinguishing gradation. It is available in two versions that differ in base type.

The highly stable polyester base, Melinex™, well known as the base of ILFOCHROME, is used for IMAGO Direct Positive Super Gloss. HARMAN Direct Positive Fiber Base with its 225 g/m2 base weight offers archivable properties.

Both versions are processed using conventional black and white developing chemicals.

With its inherent characteristics the products are well suited for several applications:

–  Pinhole cameras

–  Large format cameras

–  LOMOgraphy

–  Photograms in the darkroom

–  Copying dia-positives

 

TECHNICAL DETAILS

 

IMAGO DIRECT POSITIVE SUPER GLOSS

With the ILFOCHROME look and originally manufactured by ILFORD Switzerland

Product type:
B/W Direct Positive Product

Base Type:
MelinexTM polyester base

Surface:
super gloss

Contrast:
variable

Formats sheets:
4×5“ 5×7“ 8×10“ 9,5×12“ 10×10“ 11×14“ 12×16“ 16×20“ 20×24“

Formats rolls:
62 cm x 40 m roll (half rolls by request)
127 cm x 20 m roll

Sensitivity:
4-8 ASA (Sensitivity and gradation can be influenced through sub-threshold pre-exposure)

Development process:
All common black-and-white processes

Safe light:
Use only with very weak red light: ILFORD Safelight 906;
(Caution: normal red light can lead to fogging)

 

Download data sheet and manual.

Buy paper rolls here.

Buy paper sheets via distribution partner macodirect.de here.

 

HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FIBER BASE GLOSS

Product type:
B/W Direct Positive Paper

Base Type:
Fiber base

Surface:
gloss

Contrast:
variable

Formats sheets:
4×5“ 5×7“ 8×10“ 11×14“ 16×20“

Formats rolls:
61,5 cm x 20 m roll (half rolls by request)
127 cm x 15 m roll -(by request)

Sensitivity:
1-3 ASA (Sensitivity and gradation can be influenced through sub threshold pre-exposure)

Development process:
All common black-and-white processes

Safe light:
Use only with very weak red light: ILFORD Safelight 906;
(Caution: normal red light can lead to fogging)

 

Download data sheet and manual.

Buy paper rolls here.
(Available soon, enquiries through paper@imagocamera.com)

 

HISTORY OF THE PAPER

By end of the 1970s the direct positive paper originally used in the IMAGO Camera had been withdrawn from the market as a result of technology developments in the commercial printing industry and, consequently, the technology enabling direct image exposure on black and white light sensitive paper disappeared from the market.

About thirty years later, initiated by Susanna Kraus and following more than a year of research and development, ILFORD Switzerland produced a new direct positive paper in 2006. With it the IMAGO Camera regained its photographic medium. In 2015 once again it was the efforts of IMAGO which were the mainspring behind the technology transfer from ILFORD to HARMAN, ensuring a continuing future for this photographic technique.

In the current environment of unfettered production and image reproduction this direct positive medium is an exception. Reproduction is not the aim. Every picture is a unique original, a genuine one of a kind.

 

PRESS COMMENTARIES

Plainness, revealing the unexpected and slowness (induced by the material’s low sensitivity) contribute to a return to the most important parameters of photography – intuition, experience, perception and the ability to place oneself in place and time.” photonews

“In times of excessive reproduction in photography the artistic uniqueness enormously gains value, particularly as there is no negative.” Brennpunkt

„We are absolutely confident that many will find it to be the finest and most useful material they have ever tried, and that they will produce truly superb work with it. Others will hate it, and never even finish the first packet they buy.“ shutterburg.com

 

REVIEWS

Review by www.shutterbug.com

Article from photonews

 

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