Freestyle Photographic Supplies announced that it has finalized an agreement with
the Slavich Manufacturing Company, of Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia, officially naming
Freestyle the exclusive United States distributor of Slavich brand photographic
Slavich is a Russian film and paper company that has been in existence since 1931.
For many years, Slavich was not only the principal supplier to the Soviet Army
and Navy of black and white photographic products, but also the first manufacturer
of motion picture film in the U.S.S.R. In fact, many of the masterpieces of Russian
cinema were shot and edited on Slavich product. Through Freestyle's efforts,
Slavich's black and white fiber-based graded paper, called Unibrom, is now
available in the United States for the first time in both double-weight and single-weight.
Freestyle's introduction of the new Slavich black and white photographic
papers in the United States will be immediate. "Given the ongoing concerns
regarding the future availability of silver-based photographic materials, Freestyle
is excited to offer yet another line of unique quality products, which further
supports our commitment to the long-term future of traditional black and white
photographic processes," comments Gerald H. Karmele, Freestyle's President
and Chief Operating Officer. "The addition of Slavich to our extensive lineup
of films and papers is an important component of our corporate mission to continue
fulfilling the needs of educators, enthusiasts and students with quality photographic
products from every part of the world."
Established in 1946, Freestyle Photographic Supplies is a leading international
retail, mail order and internet provider of photographic cameras, equipment and
supplies nationwide, as well as the exclusive United States distributor of Kentmere
black and white photographic papers, Foma black and white photographic papers
and films, Efke black and white films, Varycon/EMAKS black and white papers, Fotospeed
specialty chemicals, Holga cameras and accessories, Cachet archival storage boxes,
Image Mechanics fluid mount trays, LegacyPro accessories and Rollei/Maco black
and white films.