DIGITAL SILVER IMAGING was founded by Eric Luden in July 2008. Eric's passion for black & white photography and his long history in the photo industry provided the necessary groundwork for a new business. Initially, DSI started in 850 sq feet at 11 Brighton Street in Belmont, next door to Zeff Photo.
As digital photography evolved, many of the traditional printing methods faded, especially for black & white photographs. As an executive with Ilford Photo, Luden had witnessed all the changes within the industry and was frustrated with the output for quality black & white printing. In 2006, Ilford developed a true silver gelatin photographic paper that could be exposed from a digital photographic laser enlarger and processed in traditional photo chemicals. This produced a true B&W silver print that was truly archival and free of any color variance.
DSI originally offered scanning and printing services for B&W photographers, and expanded in 2009 to offer matting and framing services. The Griffin Museum of Photography appointed DSI as an official satellite location with a small gallery space and 6-7 shows per year. DSI added fine art color printing up to 44" wide in 2010. By 2011 the company had grown from 2 full time employees to 4, plus various student interns When. Zeff Photo closed in November of that year, the building was sold and renovated. JW Construction worked with Luden and his team to create a brand new 2,500 sq foot facility, and to expand the Griffin Museum Gallery area to 400 sq feet. DSI moved into the new space in February of 2012.
With the increased demand for fine art printing and framing, DSI ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in May 2013 and was able to purchase new B&W equipment and expand their printing capability to 50" wide by up to 10' long for their true B&W printing services, thus becoming one of 5 labs in the country that can produce this level of quality. DSI Silver Gelatin Print® has been trademarked and this service has been sought after by a large national and international audience. DSI's work has been featured at Christies Auction House in NYC and various museums and galleries around the world.
DSI serves a broad base of clients who want a professional level quality of service, providing restoration of old photographs and a variety of printing options on archival materials as well las custom matting and framing. We also offer film and print scanning and fine art reproduction services for painters and artists.
Here is a video about the service DSI offers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9NR5DSC0ZI