- Marc Steichen Presented Exhibition according to Zone System
- ILFORD Galerie Mono Silk enables perfect black and white display
Ilford, traditional brand in the market of photography, was chosen by Marc Steichen for his exhibition (Colmar-Berg/Luxembourg, October 3rd to 8th). Marc used Ilford ́s premium paper Ilford Galerie Mono Silk which enables prefect black and white display.
Backgroundinformation: Ilford Masters Marc Steichen belongs to the fourteen Ilford Masters world wide. These renowned photographers present their art work predominantly using Ilford Galerie media.
Exhibition and Zone System "The Nature, from black to white" showed a collection of nature photographs in black and white. Marc ́s motivation to show nature in black and white was easily found: a recent journey to the Yosemite National Park gave him the chance to rediscover the extraordinary photography of Ansel Adams.
Ansel Adams was a master of landscape photography. His most famous achievement for modern photography is the "zone system" developed in the 1930s. This technique allows to exactly plan the light exposure of photographic emulsions in order to control the contrast of the photographed scenes.
Photographic emulsions enable to correctly display all eleven apertures. Therefore Ansel Adams classified the windows into eleven zones (from 0 to X), in which zone 0 stands for absolute black, zone X for pure white. Zone V stands for neutral mid-gray. Despite its origin from the analog film photography the zone system still is a helpful tool for ideal exposure of scenes.
To reproduce the richness of sounds and the contrasts of nature the exhibition presented photos of feral animals in their natural biotopes with dominating shades of gray from all zones.
Marc ́s goal for this exhibition is to combine black and white photography with modern digital nature and wildlife photography.
The artist was pleased to present his art work using Ilford Galerie Gold Mono Silk. This paper is well-suited to ideally present black and white photographies: from deep black from zone 0 up to pure white in zone X.
The surface of Ilford Galerie Mono Silk is very similar to the silver halide paper from the analog era in terms of impression and haptics.