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Question   Great B&W Work
Like it reads - your work is fantastic. I, myself, after having shot only color transparencies for 20+years, have discovered B&W (as well as the darkroom), and my two main films have become Delta 100 & Pan F Plus.
Here in Chicago, I tried out PanF+ on a wet rainy night along Michigan Ave, hoping to capture the street and its lights and reflections underneath a dry awening, of course with a tripod. 'Don't know how they'll turn out yet.
Anyhow I'll return to your website time & again. Very inspiring & encouraging. The film community needs to stay vigilant inkeeping film alive.
Good shooting

- David Fields 4/16/2012 6:16:18 PM

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Question   Message from Lorens
Hello Philip

I admire your work and use Hasselblad my self.
I am interested in a print Fishing Spot Lough Derg, Co. Clare, 2003 as it is taken on Ilford PanF+ and developed in Ilford DD-X.
Is it taken with a Hasselblad and with what lens?

Kind regards


- Lorens A 3/26/2012 10:50:32 PM

  Answer Hello Lorens,

Yes, the Fishing Spot Lough Derg was taken with my Hasselblad 501CM body and 80MM CF T PLANAR lens. It was taken on Ilford PanF+ film, exposed at 25 iso and developed in Ilford DD-X.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask via email or call me on my cell: +1 425 516 1945

Thank you very much for your interest in my photography and I hope to hear from you soon.


Philip Pankov
Fine Art Black & White Photography

- Philip Pankov  3/26/2012 10:51:50 PM

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Question   My black and white print arrived!
I just got the photograph!
Thank you, it is spectacular! I love it. You are extremely talented. What an honor to have it and even better give it to someone I love.
Thank you again, enjoy your holidays with your family,

- Heidi H 3/19/2012 7:19:43 PM

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Question   Your black and white photographs arrived
Hi Philip

Thanks so much. We received the photos about ten days ago. Cayman postal services are not always the most efficient!! Thank you so much and the black and white photos are truly beautiful. Looking forward to getting them up on our walls.

Kind regards

Zoe D

- Zoe D 11/8/2011 8:38:03 PM

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Question   just a thought :)
I very much like how you capture the moment of life's natural beauty. im not a photographer myself (yet) but you've now inspired me. I've always loved the classic feel and look of the "black and white" photo.... am looking forward for more.

---> April

- April Gonzalez 11/8/2011 3:44:53 PM

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Question   Love Your Dublin Pictures
I've been there for 3,5 years - its nice to come back and see all these pictures.

- Arek Kubiak 7/28/2010 3:00:06 PM

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Question   Black and White Fibre Printing Query

I saw your website today. Very nice work - Congratulations!!

I wanted to ask your advice/help: I am looking for someone to help me improve my skills as Black and White printer in darkroom in Dublin.
I work in Fine Art Photography using only Black and White film negative.
I have a certain amount of experience in R/C black and white printing but I would like to be able to become better and to be able to work well with Fiber/Archival printing paper techniques.

I think I would learn a great deal if I could OBSERVE and watch another more experienced Fiber printer while they work in darkroom.
Would you be able to help or advice me please?

I would be very grateful if you could spare me a few hrs in the darkroom to observe your printing techniques.



- Dee M 5/7/2010 2:01:49 PM

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Question   Materials used for my black and white prints
I often get asked how I capture and print my black and white prints, so I put this technical info for people.

Cameras Used
I use 4 medium format cameras. My main two cameras are Hasselblad 501CM bodies with a collection of finest Carl Zeiss lens ranging from 30mm fish-eye to the 180mm Sonnar. I also use two Fuji medium format 6x9 rangefinders – one Fuji GSW690II with 65mm lens and Fuji G690 with 90mm lens. These two rangefinders produce large and beautiful 6x9 negatives, while Hasselblads give me square 6x6 negs. I use either type of camera depending on the subject matter.

Film Used
I use exclusively Ilford films, either Pan F+ or Delta 100. Most of my night images are taken on Delta 100, while most of the landscape is done with Pan F+. I hand-process my films, using Agfa Rodinal for Pan F+ or Ilford DDX developer for Delta 100. I have experimented with various developer/film combinations in the past and I settled on these two as the best possible for my needs. Pan F+ in Rodinal is a classical combination, giving high acutance and a very distinctive look. The Delta 100 in DDX developer is a modern technology, ultra high resolution combination that I found gives great results with high contrast subjects, such as night scenes.

Darkroom Printing
I print all my photographs myself in the traditional ‘wet’ darkroom. I use LPL 4550XLG professional enlarger that can handle negatives up to 4"x5". This is tried and tested top-quality unit for professional applications. I use Rodenstock Apo-Rodagon-N 80mm and 105 mm lens and 4"x5" glass negative carrier to keep my negatives completely flat.
All prints go through double fixing baths and fiber prints receive Ilford Wash Aid bath treatment, followed by at least one hour washing. As per Ilford’s official recommendation, I consider this process to be the best method of processing fiber base papers for maximum archival longevity.
Papers Used
I print on variety of Ilford papers, both resin coated and fiber based papers. My personal favorite is Ilford Multigrade FB Warmtone paper with glossy finish. It’s beautiful premium quality, variable contrast black and white paper which has a warm black image tone on a warm white double weight fibre base. This paper also especially suitable for toning and produces great variety of tones using either Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner or Agfa Viradon.

- Philip Pankov 11/10/2009 5:07:25 PM

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Question   Very interested in monochrome photography
Hi Phil, I’m currently studying manual photography in Stillorgan college and I have a previous degree in graphic reproduction. I've been interested in black and white photography since I worked in a printing house 10 years ago and I hope to go on and study the art as much as I can. I am very interested in black and white photography and I've visited your site many times. My course work is based almost entirely in black and white and all my photos will be processed by myself in the darkroom. I am writing to you with the hope that you could give me work experience in the very fields that I am studying. If you require an assistant I would even work for free. I understand that these days you might not have the volume or workload to necessitate an assistant but even your knowledge alone would be a huge resource to me. I look forward to hearing from you.

- B Q 11/10/2009 5:05:11 PM

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Question   Doing black and white photography project
Hello my name is Angelika and I saw your pictures and I must say I am really impressed of your way for doing black and white photos. I am a artistic photographer as well since 2004. I would like you to propose a really nice place which is Mullagmore where is Beach Hotel where I am working. There is a lovely view of mountains and really amazing waves. If you would like to join me to doing the black and white photography project I am really keen to work with you. I can work as a model as well. In December I am planning to do a black and white photography exhibition but more information I will give as soon as possible. I am looking for photographer who would like to enjoy doing black and white pictures and do some project to put the monochrome photography in Ireland to the next level. I hope you will be interested.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Your sincerely
Angelika S

- Angelika S 11/10/2009 5:02:09 PM

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