tim atherton said:
Any comments on this thread and the availability of Forte? (film and paper)
This is getting depressing
J&C? Anyone? or is it just one more anxiety inducing rumour....
A friend was talking to Lee Friedlander the other day and his advice was buy a big freezer and fill it with enough film for the rest of your life!
Forte got into the same financial hole Ilford did by selling film at sometimes cost or less just to keep the production going so the workers would have something to do. Some very large retailers pushed them over the edge by dangling the we'll buy a boat load of film from you but this is going to be the price carrot. Forte bit and the rest is history.
Traditionally we bought small batches from Forte very often. They are rethinking this approach and in the future orders will have to be large and placed well in advance.
In addition, prices will go up if they are to survive. 4x5 sheet film at $8 a box isn't going to happen any more. Granted there are still boatloads of the stuff out there at $8 but eventually they will be sold and expire. In the future I would expect the price for these films to be at least 50% higher.
If Forte and the receivers believe they can make a market out of these new realities there is an excellent chance they will go forward. The new reality is that the price wars for B&W film need to end and the manufacturers, be they Forte, Ilford or anyone else need to make money selling the stuff.
Forte film does not age well even in a big freezer. What you'll have in 5 years is lots of foggy film.