Ilford opens US lab to meet demand for black and white film development



Who says film is dead? Ilford has discovered that the demand for black and white films are so great that they decided to set up a processing lab in US.

Following its 15 years of success in England, ILFORD’s mail-in black and white film processing and printing will now be more readily available to North American customers thanks to the new lab in San Clemente, California. As digital photography has taken over, most local labs can no longer provide processing of true black and white film, nor can they print on real silver gelatin paper, instead opting to print black and white images on color paper.

The ILFORD LAB DIRECT mail-in service ‘can process any make of black and white film, and prints will be made on ILFORD black and white paper,’ according to the company. ILFORD LAB DIRECT accepts 35mm and 120, and turnaround time is 2-4 working days. Basic film development costs $16, which includes 6-megapixel medium scans. See the site for more.

ILFORD Process Paid mailers are available from popular photographic dealers, alternatively customers can now use the secure website to pay for film processing online. Dealers interested in stocking the Mailers should contact [email protected] or HARMAN technology at 888 372 2338 extension 106.

HARMAN Director of Marketing and North American Sales, Steven Brierley, explained, “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. 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.”

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