Ilford has just announced
Gallerie Gold Fibre Silk, a
photo paper that is optimized for black-and-white and color-toned printing.
Gold Fibre Silk uses a barium-sulfate coating (more commonly known as
) to provide a lustrous print similar in nature to traditional fiber-based photographic paper. It has a smooth, soft glossy face, and a hefty 310gsm weight to it. I’ve been working with it on my
Epson Stylus Pro 3800, and am getting wonderfully creamy black and white prints and nice platinum-style photographs (courtesy of Pixel Genius’s excellent
In the U.S., Gold Fibre Silk will be available in letter, Super B (13″ by 19″) and C (17″ by 22″) sheets, as well as 17″, 24″ and 44″ rolls, although it will a few weeks before the paper appears in stores or online. The company wouldn’t give me final pricing, but
has a 10-sheet Super B-size pack priced at $35, and a 50-sheet pack for $113. ICC color profiles for the Gold Fibre Silk—for use with printers from Canon, Epson, HP and Lexmark—are currently on the
Ilford Web site, as are profiles for nearly all the Ilford media line.