Oh it’s a very, very good day. After over a year of it being out of production for various reasons, Ilford’s Harman Direct Positive fibre based paper is to make a return. Pinhole photographers the world over will be punching the air in delight.
As described, direct positive paper has been popular among many analogue photographers because of the way it produces a positive image using normal black & white developing procedure. This makes it perfect for people experimenting with large format and of course the ever popular pinhole photography craze.
From the IlfordPhoto.com website:
HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FB paper can also be successfully used in other applications such as direct exposure in large format cameras or by cutting small sheets for exposure in LOMO type cameras. Creative and unusual effects can be achieved when used to make photograms or perhaps substituted for standard photo paper when printing from negatives in an enlarger.
Ilford paper sizes vary from 4×5 inches up to 16×20 in stock, however for the real hardcore you can buy rolls up to 49 feet long!
Here are a few more examples of the images that can be produced via the Ilfordphoto Harman Direct Positive Paper as shown in the instruction handbook.