Harman is bringing back Direct Positive Paper and expects to have it in the U.S., in stock, and shipping by January 2011 (it’s not that far off!) This will be updated as appropriate
Direct Positive Paper is a black & white wet darkroom material which, when exposed and developed in traditional paper developers, produces a positive print image. Regular darkroom papers, which most darkroom printers use, are made to produce an inverted (negative) of the film negative; thus it makes ordinary positive looking prints. Direct positive materials go from positive to positive; no negative needed.
Direct positive papers produce this image without a negative in-between, so that it can be used in cameras, such as pinhole cameras, and go straight to darkroom development without the need for a film negative.
Direct positive paper can also be used in large format cameras, and cut into smaller sizes for use in virtually any film format camera.
It can also be used for making positive photograms in the darkroom.
It’s very exciting that Harman is bringing back this kind of print material which speaks well of the future of the wet darkroom in art uses, and the future of film in the digital era as well.
Kudos to them for the move.
From the Harman Photo Instructor Newsletter:
*Genuine Silver Gelatine photo paper
*Available as Resin Coated Glossy and Luster finish or Fiber Based Gloss
*Positive’ paper enables prints to be generated without the need for negative
*Compatible with conventional black and white processing chemistry and Ortho safelights
*Slow ISO speed enabling a good latitude of control
Technical information can be found through Ilford Photo: Harman Direct Positive Paper RC Glossy / Luster Technical Information
This will be update as appropriate; stay tuned.