Black & White photographic printing

The traditional way

- by hand

 

 

Black and white photographic prints - the traditional way

These prints are produced the traditional way - by hand - using a darkroom, enlarger and wet process. Having been made somewhat redundant in the digital evolution, this process is coming back in use – not in the hope of competing with digital photography but to offer back something different, something perhaps more tangible. As the visual market is saturated with the photographic ‘perfection’ of digitally produced images, often Photoshopped to the limit, film prints have more depth, grain and texture and a quality that is not only enigmatic, but also more real and aesthetically pleasing.


 
The process starts using your negatives - perhaps from photographic film you have had processed recently or an old collection found in a cupboard. Or, we can process black & white film for you, or even produce negatives from your own digital prints.
 
With over 40 years joint experience to hand, we can look at the negatives to assess their quality immediately. We print test strips first to ensure the images are perfectly balanced, before the negatives are hand-printed in the darkroom. Printing techniques such as cropping to frame the image correctly, and burning and dodging to bring detail into the highlights and shadows are used where necessary.



135mm and 120mm are the most common negative sizes to print from, however, we can print from a range of sizes.



Different quality papers are used for printing to give different effects, for example:

  • Ilford Multigrade Gloss is a solid workhorse of a paper, with a brilliant gloss finish. It is also available in pearl and matt.


  • Ilford Multigrade Warmtone is a fibre based, double weight paper and has a lovely traditional warm, slight ivory base colour that produces rich blacks.
  • 

Ilford Multigrade Art 300 is a double weight, 290gm, fine art paper with a coated textured matt surface and a slight ‘eggshell’ sheen.
  • FOMAtone, a superb Czech paper reacts beautifully to processing in Lith developer, giving a one off print that cannot be repeated, with a unique peachy/sepia quality.




 


 
Black and white film processing
135mm, 120mm £15.00 per film or,
£20.00 including contact sheet.

subject to a minimum order of 5 rolls


Black and white prints


7 x 5mm print £10.00 each


10 x 8mm print £15.50 each


12 x10mm print £29.00 each



All prices are exclusive of VAT


Giclée photo prints bring contemporary and traditional photographic printing techniques together and are also available on request.