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Photographic Chemicals

Industry Overview:

Despite the rising popularity and technological advancements of digital media, the picture isn’t all bleak for film photography. Many shutterbugs and professional photographers still prefer the charms of old-fashioned analog film photography and chemical development. They revel in the magic of the darkroom, seeing an image appear from a mixture of chemicals, the satisfaction that follow the nerves once that perfect shot comes into focus on the paper.

While some prefer to spend their time on Photoshop, manipulating their digital images to match the picture they have in their minds, many instead trust their instincts to capture that perfect picture with a push of a button, allowing them to spend their time with developer, stop bath, and fixer. The industry continues to work on ways to make these photographic chemicals less expensive and more eco-friendly.

Common Applications:

  • Processes – black and white, color, etc.
  • Hypo cleaning agent – sodium sulfite, etc.
  • Dye couplers
  • Selenium, sulphur, etc.
  • Surfactants, chelates, etc.
  • Additives – developers, toners, reducers, etc.
  • Photographic intermediates
  • Stop baths
  • Fixers


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