Black and white printing


Q: What's black and white and red (and cyan and yellow) all over? A: A typical black and white inkjet print.

Most inkjet printers – even high-end professional models – use a mixture of black and coloured inks to achieve a "neutral" black and white result. One problem with this approach is that, as the print ages, the different colours fade at different rates, imparting an unpleasant colour cast to the print. Furthermore, the print may appear different under different lighting conditions – a phenomenon called metameric failure.

Shades of grey

All photographs on this page © Peter Rees

At the Siskin Press, we care about black and white photography. In fact, we still shoot and develop our own black and white film. So we are pleased to be able to offer high-quality black and white pigment-ink prints, containing only black and grey inks (up to four shades in any given print), for perfectly neutral prints with exceptional tonal range and permanence.

Black and white pigment-ink prints look fantastic on matte fine-art paper, where all four black and grey inks are employed to produce so-called "quadtone" prints. Alternatively, for a more traditional look and feel, try Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta.


Toning can add depth and presence to black and white images. From traditional finishes to dramatic split tones, we can do it all. Ask about our free toning service or, if you want more control, simply supply an appropriately toned colour file and we can take it from there.

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