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RARE VINTAGE
PEOPLE ON AGFA
Graphic Arts
Professional Photography
QUALITY
REDEFINED BY AGFA
Advertising Supplement
Booklet
 
DETAILS:
 
From the BACK COVER
 
Quality. Redefined by Agfa.
 
PROFESSIONAL FILMS.
The new range of Agfa films, 
in colour and black and white,
are now regarded by many as quite simply
the best in the world for colour saturation,
fine skin tones
and sharpness of image.
 
COLOUR PAPER.
Agfacolour Type 8 negative paper
resists dark and light fading
to a degree that was previously unimaginable
and is unbelievably easy to use. 
 
BLACK AND WHITE PAPER.
The qualities of Record Rapid and Portiga Rapid 
fibre based papers are renowned
throughout the galleries of the world.
The qualities of the Agfa PE papers, too, 
are increasingly appreciated by professionals. 
 
CHEMISTRY.
Agfa provide a complete choice of E6, EP2, C41
compatible chemicals
and achieve quite remarkable levels 
of consistency and purity. 
The new Tar-Free RT developer (AP92 CD-R Prof. Neu)
is ‘out in a league of its own’
 
AGFA PROFESSIONAL DIVISION.
27 Great West Road, Brentford,
Middlesex, TW8 9AX
Telephone 01-560 2131
 
Designed and produced by Hogan Lennart Associates.
Reproduced on Agfa Graphic Arts Film 
by The Colour Assembly Ltd.
Printed by Ventura Ltd. 
 
 
 
BRIAN GRIFFIN
A ‘BOY FROM the Black Country’,
Brian was born and brought up in Lye,
in the West Midlands of England.
 
After working for 6 years as an engineering draughtsman,
Brian broke away to study photography
at Manchester Polytechnic. 
 
Since then, 
he has produced work covering astonishing
range of themes and areas,
with each image reaching far beyond the obvious
attributes of the subject.
 
Capturing elements and implications
which normally remain unseen-
or unspoken. 
 
The image printed here, 
take from his exhibition entitled Work,
startingly reflects Brian’s view of people
in an increasingly corporate society.
 
Particularly apt,
as it was originally taken to support
editorial in Management Today.
 
Brian invariably prints his black and white images
on Agfa Paper.
In this case,
he used Agfa Portriga Rapid,
a cream coloured fibre based paper
renowned for its comparatively warmer range
of tonal responses. 
 
And, as Brian himself puts it,
” to produce good pictures, 
it’s no good worrying about your materials,
you must be able to rely on them every time. 
That’s why I use Agfa “.
 
Bureaucracy.
Originally taken for Management Today magazine,
this picture is now part
of Brian Griffin’s exhibition entitled Work.
 Paper Agfa Portriga Rapid.
Developer Agfa Neutol.
 
 
 
BOB CARLOS CLARKE
 
Hailing from County Cork in Ireland, 
Bob came to a photography via Journalism,
advertising and graphics.
 
His highly individual images-
often evoking aspects of feminine mystery
reflect the hours he spends working on his prints
in the darkroom,
as well as his meticulous attention to detail. 
 
Bob invariably  prints his images
on Agfa Record Rapid
fibre-based paper,
as it is superb tonal range,
ruggedness and detail
are ideally suited to his extensive
darkroom manipulation and colouring. 
 
Dark Sisters,
the front cover photograph
( featuring the Rencontre twins for an Ozzie Osbourne LP cover),
shows Bob’s darkroom technique
and his use of varied hand tinting. 
 
When Bob shoots in colour, 
as he is now doing more and more frequently,
he uses Agfachrome Professional 100RS film.
 
This image, 
featuring by coincidence yet another set of twins
(Jacqueline and Juliette Lott)
was shot recently for Hunza swimwear.
 
The accurate, neutrally balanced colour,
and excellent fine grain detail
capture every subtle nuance
of cloth texture and skin tone. 
 
Jacqueline and Juliette Lott for Hunza swimwear.
Film Agfachrome Professional 100RS.
 
 
FI MCGHEE
 
Born in Royston, Hertfordshire, in 1963,
Fi McGhee has worked in numerous locations around the world.
Now based chiefly in London,
Fi works mainly on portraits, 
advertising and editorial photography.
This portrait of Angus McBean,
taken from Fi’s acclaimed book
Photographer’s and their images, 
was printed on Agfa Record Rapid Paper,
to capture the full breadth of tones
that’s so essential to her style.
In preparing this image,
Fi deliberately chose the black and white paper
that’s widely regarded as the best in the world.
 
Record Rapid fibre-based paper
offers a wide, slightly warm tonal range, 
is fully predictable and totally reliable. 
It’s even resilient enough to allow hand tinting
and further treatment if you wish-
giving you total control over the final image. 
After all, 
when you’re photographing the world’s greatest photographers,
the end product mustn’t be anything less than perfect.
Angus McBean.
Taken at his home in Suffolk,
for the book Photographers and their images. 
Paper Agfa Record Rapid.
Developer Agfa Neutol. 
 
 
GRAHAM FORD
 
Originally from Maidstone, Kent,
Graham has been running his own London studio
for over 12 years.
 
Having made his reputation by shooting 
classically simple still life pictures, 
principally for mainstream London
advertising agencies, 
he enjoyed the challenge of achieving that classic look
again with this picture. 
 
Called Grapefruit,
the image was one of a series, 
each with a different fruit and character, 
for Tropicana fruit juices of France. 
 
Agfachrome Professional 100RS 8 x 10
was the film Graham chose, 
because in his own words, 
it offers ” good speed, extended shadow
and highlight detail, 
and excellent rendering of delicate skin colour,
which I find is unbeatable with this kind of strong lighting.
 
” I also find that it’s absolutely consisted during processing.
This is particularly helpful when I’m shooting people,
as I spend more time testing than shooting, 
and I rely on each sheet exactly matching my tests. 
 
With Agfachrome Professional 100RS though,
that’s never a problem.”
 
Grapefruit
Taken from a series of shots for 
Tropicana fruit juices of France. 
Film. Agfa Professional 100 RS 8 X 10. 
 
 
ROBERT FARBER
 
Based in New York and Los Angeles,
Robert Farber’s photographic career 
stems from Fine Art photography,
rather than the usual commercial routes. 
 
His work is widely admired
throughout the U.S.A and Europe,
and is increasingly appreciated in the UK.
 
Farber’s utilisation of light and form
to accentuate images and moods
has been likened to the work of 
Vemeer and Degas. 
 
He invariably works with
Agfachrome reversal film
because tonal qualities apart, 
the choice of speeds available 
gives him the basic flexibility of approach
his photography demands. 
 
This image is one example. 
 
Farber’s brief was to take a series of fashion shots
for Loden Frey
(the Harrod’s of Munich)
using the gritty reality of genuine New York locations. 
 
This meant that he could fully exploit
the vital ingredient of this Agfa film. 
 
This meant that he could fully exploit
the vital ingredient of this Agfa film. 
 
The ability to function perfectly
in a very wide variety of conditions. 
 
Using only available light-
both indoors and out-
these images show no colour bias, 
even when they’ve been pushed hard
to produce a grainy effect.
 
The results were wholly predictable-
even when he used films from different batches.
 
Thereby helping to produce a series of
highly memorable images-
all as arresting as this example here. 
 
A remarkable tribute to Agfa film, 
Robert Farber –
and the bravery of Loden Frey
 
Launderette.
From a series for Loden Frey
on location in New York using only available light. 
Film. Agfachrome 1000RS pushed 2 stops. 
 

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Agfa-Gevaert N.V. (Agfa) is a BelgianGerman multinational corporation 

that develops, manufactures, and distributes 

analogue and digital imaging products, software, and systems. 

The company has three divisions. 

Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress and industrial inkjet systems

 to the printing and graphics industries.

Agfa HealthCare supplies hospitals and other care organisations

with imaging products and systems,

as well as information systems.

Agfa Specialty Products supplies products

to various industrial markets.

It is part of the Agfa Materials organization.

In addition to the Agfa Specialty Products activities,

Agfa Materials also supplies film 

and related products to Agfa Graphics and Agfa HealthCare.

   

Agfa film and film cameras were once prominent consumer products.

However, in 2004, the consumer imaging division

was sold to a company founded via management buyout

AgfaPhoto GmbH, as the new company was called,

filed for bankruptcy after just one year.[2] 

The brands are now licensed to other companies

by AgfaPhoto Holding GmbH, a holding firm.

Following this sale, 

Agfa-Gevaert’s commerce today is 100% business-to-business.

    

   

 

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