A photographer that still prints Cibachrome

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    I have admisration and envy for what this photographer has done in buying up the last of Cibachrome paper and chemistry. Truly the most satisfying photographic experiences I have ever felt were in coming out of the darkroom after a day of Cibachrome printing and processing and then looking at the glory of the results
     
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    I admire his dedication printing on that material. The stuff is like temperamental beautiful women. Once you make the relationship work it's great, but most of the time it's a struggle.
     
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    What an amazing story!
     
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    ...but oh, so worthwhile when it does work!
     
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    Masking isn't unusual for any format, but it was most common for 35mm.
    I don't blame Christopher for the rush-hour job, especially the bizarre idea of buying up 10 years' worth of the stuff: IC materials are notoriously unstable long-term (assuming, by luck, the materials are not faulty to start with!) and I would bet they would not last 5-6 years even in cold storage before compromising changes take place. It's a risk he is obviously aware of.

    Today the gold standard RA-4 print process is using FujiFlex CLAB Super Gloss -- virtually the same surface fragility and super high gloss finish that people have come to expect of Ilfochrome Classic. If I want to be reminded of the real deal, in storage exist 744 Ilfochrome Classic prints produced between 1990 and 2010.
     
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    Great video. Thanks for posting. One slightly annoying thing was the reporter repeatedly calling it Cibachrome. It's been called Ilfochrome for more than twenty years.
     
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    There is no getting through to many people with that simple fact, Kevin! :wink:
     
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    What a great video! I tried to contact him through the e-mail link on the web page and seems it's not working.Anyone know why(hope he hasn't quit or worse.
    Would appreciate any info.
    Don
     
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    The photographer undoubtedly called it Cibachrome...that's exactly what it was commonly called despite Ilford's acquisition.

    Did Ilford also make the transparency version of Cibachrome? That was a far better product than the print version...I designed and built back-lit exhibits for Hyatt Regency Hotels using thousands of dollars of that stuff, printed by Faulkner Color Lab in San Francisco. My own Ciba (not Ilford) prints look great today...controlled contrast quite well by using Dektol instead of Ciba developer.
     
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