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Hand Printing

Hand Printing

Some see it as old school, but we see it as an art form – printing photographs by hand is a highly specialized skill and is almost as important as the eye of the photographer!

Our master printer, Hillary Dollman, specialises in classic black and white enlargements.

Archival properties:
Prints can be toned for archival purposes.

Turnaround time:

4 – 5 working days

Black and White Enlargements:

  • Ilford Multigrade papers.
  • Resin-coated in matte or gloss finish.
  • Fibre-based in gloss finish only.
  • Maximum print size 20 x 24 in.

Black and white photographic papers are commonly known as silver gelatin or bromide darkroom papers.

We can make contact prints or enlargements of any 35 mm, 120 and 4×5” colour or black and white negative film.

B&W Resin B&W Fibre-based B&W Contact
5×7” 5×7” 4×5”
6×8” 6×8” 9.5×12”
8×10” 8×10”  
9.5×12” 9.5×12”  
11×14” 11×14”  
12×16” 12×16”  
16×20” 16×20”  
20×24” 20×24”  


Q&A with Hillary Dollman
- Darkroom Specialist

“H” processes all types of black-&-white film, hand prints both colour and true black-&-white film, makes contact sheets and is in charge of mixing chemistry for our RA4 paper processor.
How does Hand Printing work?
  1. I place your negative in an enlarger to hold it in place.
  2. I adjust the enlarger to get detail into the highlights and shadows, and if necessary, use techniques like cropping, burning and dodging to frame your image correctly.
  3. Light is then projected through your negative onto light-sensitive photographic paper.
  4. Once the photographic paper has been exposed, I process the prints by hand using photographic chemistry.
  5. I then wash and tone your prints to archival standards.
How do you get the best print?

I make several test prints before making your final print, to ensure that you get the best possible print.

What enlargers and chemicals do you use?

Black and white enlarger: Ilford Multigrade.

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