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article imageIlford to open new black-and-white photo lab for film lovers

By John Sevigny     Sep 2, 2013 in Business
In an age in which most people see photography as a digital-only affair, British company Ilford is opening a lab in the United States to develop and print black-and-white film.
The Ilford Lab Direct mail-in service will be available to customers in the United States who still love the look of prints made on silver gelatin paper from black and white negatives, according to a company press release.
“It has become more and more difficult for black and white film users to have their films processed and printed to a high quality on real black and white paper," said Ilford's North American marketing director Steven Brierley said in the press release. "Our lab-based at the HARMAN factory in England has provided a continuous quality service to UK photographers for many years, and we are seeing an increased number of enquiries from overseas, including North America. We are excited to announce that built on that success we can now offer the same service from a base in California.”
Ilford hopes camera stores and other companies will stock up on "mailers," specially designed envelopes from the film-age that can be sent directly to the lab.
Over the past decade, film sales have fallen dramatically as digital cameras, including smart phones, dominated the market. In July, Fujifilm announced it would no longer be producing four of its once-popular films.
Eastman Kodak Co., meanwhile, traditionally the most well-known name in film, has just emerged from bankruptcy and industry observers are watching to see how well the company will fare in a constantly changing market.
Ilford Photo was founded in 1879.
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