Bringing the Beauty of True Black & White to Digital Photography.
Digital Silver Imaging combines the advancements of digital
photography with the aesthetic and archival properties of true
black & white printing. Using digital photographic laser
technology, silver gelatin papers, and traditional black &
white photo chemistry, we bring your photographic vision to
life in beautiful, continuous tone prints that will last a
A Black & White Specialist
with a Custom Approach.
Clients upload their digital files or send us their
negatives and prints for scanning. We work with each client and
discuss any printing issues we may encounter prior to
making your print. We wont print any files that may
produce inferior results; that way there are no
Each Digital Silver Image is printed in our state-of-the-art
lab, exposed with a Durst Theta 51 RGB photographic laser
printer and traditional black & white chemistry. Our
machine is calibrated each day to ensure consistent results and
optimal dMax on each print we make.
You choose from two unique print surfaces:
ILFOBROM GALERIE FB is a premier weight panchromatic
double weight 255g/m2 fibre based paper with a semi-gloss
finish. Prints made on this paper have deep, rich blacks,
brilliant whites and an excellent tonal rendition. It is
suitable for a wide range of applications that require a fine
quality printing paper, such as, archival prints for museums,
collections and exhibitions; prestige applications which
focus attention on both the look and the feel of the print.
It is the only digital paper of its kind in the world.
Ilford ILFOSPEED Digital RC is a premium quality paper
on a 190g/m2 medium weight resin coated base with a Pearl
(Luster) finish. It has a bright white base tint and a
neutral image color whether viewed in daylight or
fluorescent light. ILFOSPEED Digital RC is suitable for a wide
range of applications, including commercial portraiture,
wedding, press, industrial, advertising, and display work.
Here are a few of the advantages:
- No Tone Disruption. Inkjet printers build black &
white tones by laying color and black and white ink droplets onto the paper
surface, leading to unwanted dither patterns. DSI uses a light
source, exposing a silver gelatin layer within the paper to
produce a true continuous tone from shadows to highlight.
- No Color Variance. Color RA4 printers rely on color dyes
to replicate black & white tones, so blacks and grays
often have a hint of other colors (i.e. magenta or cyan).
DSI´s print process is founded on light, silver,
and chemistry. Blacks are 100% black, grays are fully gray,
color shifts are non-existent.
- No Ink Reflection. Ink pigments reflect light, resulting
in unwanted glare or metamerism across your print. With DSI,
your image emerges from the paper itself, not from a
compilation of ink on paper, so there are no unexpected
bursts of light.
- No Unwanted Texture. In order to address the challenges
of photo printing, inkjet paper manufacturers have begun
producing a special photo inkjet papers with a matte finish.
However, these papers come with an issue all their own -
- No Questions about Longevity. Fiber-based black &
white prints are proven to last over a hundred years. The
inkjet process has existed for a fraction of that time. Why
take a chance that your once-in-a-lifetime image may end up
If you´re looking for black & white, get REAL
black & white - with Digital Silver Imaging.
Don’t Settle for Anything Less than
Digital Silver Imaging is the first New England-based photo
lab to integrate photographic laser technology and classic
black & white printing. Other photo labs produce digital
black & white prints on color (RA4) papers & chemicals
or a variety of inkjet printers. These two processes are not
pure because they utilize color materials and inks to produce a
black and white photograph, resulting in inconsistent tonality,
color variance and unproven longevity. Digital Silver Imaging
About DSI’s Founder
Digital Silver Imaging was founded by Eric Luden, a former
executive at Ilford Photo and a noted commercial and fine art
photographer. In the 1980s, Eric worked with a variety of
clients and exhibited his black & white photographs
throughout New England. During the 90s, he served as a
consultant with Eastman Kodak’s black & white
division before joining Ilford, where he worked for over 12
years. In 2006, he became the VP of Marketing
for HARMAN technology, the parent company of Ilford Photo.
Eric’s understanding of Ilford and HARMAN papers is
unparalleled. He brings decades of print experience to Digital
Silver Imaging, having worked with leading inkjet companies and
traditional photo manufacturers. What’s more, he has
worked closely with photographers, educators, and photo labs
throughout his career. Through Eric’s knowledge of silver
gelatin papers, digital laser technology, and black & white
printing, DSI is positioned to become the region’s premier
digital black & white lab, serving photographers throughout New
England and beyond.
J.Sybylla Smith: Gallery Curator
J.Sybylla Smith edits anything that is not nailed down. With fifteen years experience in the world of advertising and editorial photography, Smith's work has been published in venues as diverse as W, Rolling Stone, Architectural Digest and People. Whether her role is as Creative Director for a global luxury hotel's marketing campaign, Art Director for a classic retailer's extreme sportswear catalog, or as freelance wardrobe stylist shooting an IBM campaign with Kodak' Icon Photographer Dan Winters, Smith creates visual language. Able to distill the essence of a concept she communicates ideas by creating a beautiful image.
As curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography @ Digital Silver Imaging her bold curiosity is exemplified in her range of subjects. Her premiere show, Off the Wall:Fashion Photography in Black & White, included 11 fashion photographers from veteran shooters to new kids on the block. She led noted landscape photographer, Neal Rantoul, in a breakout departure of new work in Collections: Anatomical Studies from the 19th Century.
Smith's laser sharp vision and highly developed aesthetic search for decisive images that inform a cohesive representation of the photographer' voice. Holding a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Masters from Columbia University she approaches her work with a blend of respect for design history and a search for a new way to see. While studying in Switzerland and Paris, she pursued her passion of visual culture with a concentration in costume history and interior design.
When you capture a black & white moment, you have a
vision of its presence on paper.
Every detail is intact; every nuance is apparent.
Trust that vision to Digital Silver Imaging, your digital
black & white specialist.
© Meg Birnbaum
Unlike many other labs, Digital Silver Imaging specializes in
digital black & white.
It’s all we do - which is why we do it well.