Piezography Pro is a carbon ink-based process consisting only of black inks, created in 2016 by Jon Cone. blackprint is using the process since the same year. The system includes a set of warm and cold tone inks, a matt HD-black, a photo black (glossy) and a gloss chroma optimizer. The process allows the mixing of warm and cool black values either throughout the print or by varying them differently on the light, medium or dark tones. This makes it possible to have a totally personalised black and white print. The new Piezography Pro Matte HD Black is the extremely dark matte black and the Gloss Chroma Optimizer completely eliminates gloss differential and tanning. Finally, the white value of the paper is a very important element for the Piezography Pro as its white tone will influence the final black and white tone of the print too.
Just about anyone you want. We continually research and test papers from around the world, especially uncoated art papers, rare papers and washi produced by living national treasures. We print on the world’s thinnest 1.6 gr/m2 Japanese paper, black abaca handmade papers, 500 gr/m2 art papers with deckled edges, as well as Hahnemühle, Canson, Moab, matte, glossy, silver photographic papers. Each of our papers is tested and calibrated to obtain the highest black intensity and the softest gradations of grey. If we haven’t already tested or calibrated a paper you want, we will do it for you.
Yes, we can test it to see how it reacts and what it can offer as a black and white print. If it suits you the price of the print varies depending on the difficulty of printing your paper.
The maximum width at the moment is 100 cm. The width of most of our washi or deckled edges art paper is smaller.
You can send us a file made with your iphone and we will tell you what printing possibilities it will allow. We have printed some on 20 gr/m2 Bhutanese handmade paper with a very beautiful result. Generally, we print files in 16 bits, 300 dpi and in Tiff with gamma profile 2.2.
Yes, we do, we use a Screen Cezanne Elite FT-S5500 scanner which scans up to 329 x 530 mm (13.0″ x 20.9″) and up to 25 mm (1″) thick. We use it for all our historical plates to print them 10 times larger with a very high quality of details. As for this edition “balloon”, for example, it was made from an originale 9 x 12cm plate of 1910. Retouching is also possible. Prices for scans and retouching are shown in our price list.
We work together with two Zurich craftsmen to produce custom-made frames and we can also offer you alternatives.
Yes, we offer an alternative pricing for a photographer or artist who wants to print an edition of their work and resell it for example.
All our editions come from our private collection of original glass plates (positive and negative) dating from 1860 to 1910 ca.
We research, purchase and carry out all historical research for each plate published by blackprint edition.
The Karo Edition is dedicated to our private collection of glass plates. We bring to life 150-year-old photographs by printing them on exclusive paper from Switzerland and Japan. We deliver the pieces in a brown/black, vinyl style packaging, with a round see-through window but you can choose to buy them framed too. The pieces from the Karo Edition are available in limited editions. They are 30 × 30 cm and numbered.
The Private collection represents a unique selection from our negative and positive glass plates collection. We choose pieces with special subject matters and print them on rare art paper such as Cartalafranca, Arches Velin BFK Rives, and traditional Japanese paper.
The pieces from the Private collection are available in limited editions of 5, 10, or 15 copies. Each piece is numbered and comes with a certificate. You can choose to buy them framed or unframed.
Artist editions are exclusive works of art in very limited editions realised in close collaboration with each artist chosen by blackprint edition.
Each edition is entirely self-produced and printed by blackprint studio. Some editions often become available after several months of research and design. All exemplar is signed and numbered by the artist and delivered with a certificate of authenticity.
The 1st series “Karo” edition (Nr.001 to Nr.005) are 365 copies per subject. The 2nd series (Nr.011…) is 90 copies per subject.
“Karo collector” do not exceed 30 copies.
The “Private collection” editions are produced at 15 copies.
“Artists edition” between 5 and 7 copies + 2AP except for those whose price is less than CHF.500.– which are then produced at 60 copies.
“3⁄4 edition” are produced ar 200 copies.
All blackprint editions are numbered or signed and numbered by hand mostly on the back (except 1 or 2 exceptions requested by the artists themselves).
6 dots in relief are visible in the right corner of the work for all our blackprint editions on paper.
“karo” edition is 30 × 30 cm.
“karo collector”, 30 × 30 and 35 × 35 cm.
The “limited” edition produced on paper and washi handcraft of very high quality, they do not currently exceed the size of 56 × 76 cm.
The editions made of laminated glass range from 50 × 75 to 110 × 140 cm.
All blackprint editions are printed in Piezography Pro, the digital black and white monochrome process with the highest printing quality and using only black carbon-based inks. All our photographs / drawings are printed in 2880 dpi unidirectional from a 16-bit file (65,000 gray values).
We use, with rare exceptions, archival papers (pH Neutral) of the highest quality. Mainly Japanese papers (washi), Arches Velins and various art papers produced by craftsmen in the West and in Asia.
The blackprint editions with glass lamination are pieces made with an absolutely unique process.
The printed artwork is positioned between two 2mm thick mineral glasses (extra-clear or museum glass without reflection). The whole is then heated and welded for one day in a specific vaccum oven. Each glass edge of the work is then polished.
All our frames are of professional gallery/museum quality. The majority of the frames are made to measure by a Swiss craftsman and are made of wood with museum glass (without reflection).
All editions are produced, designed and printed by blackprint in Zurich. The frames are made by two Zurich craftsmen with few exceptions. The laminated glass is produced in Ticino, Switzerland.
No, you can also order as a guest.
Creating an account allows you to keep a history of your orders, store multiple shipping and billing addresses, also to receive exclusive promotions and preview access to the new editions before that they are publicly visible on blackprint edition.
In both cases you will receive a confirmation of your order by email.
Yes, please confirm your cancellation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or even by sending us a Telegram or WhatsApp message !
Please send us an email to email@example.com with screenshots of the pages that prevent you from placing your order and your delivery address. We will do our best to register your order online as soon as possible.
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Payment by bank transfer is also accepted.
TWINT and POSTFINANCE are also available if you wish to pick up your edition directly at blackprint in Zürich.
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Yes, but if your country is not available at the time of your order. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a message on Telegram.
Yes, we currently offer free worldwide delivery for all our frameless and non-laminated glass editions. For Switzerland, delivery is free even for framed editions.
In Switzerland between 2 to 4 days. For the rest of the world between 7 to 20 days.
The shipping of the editions is done with the Swiss postal services. (ECONOMY, PRIORITY and EXPRESS).
Yes, pick-up at the blackprint studio in Zurich is possible. It is a “shipping” option automatically proposed during you order if your address is in Switzerland.
Yes, you will receive a tracking number by email with each order and before shipment.
Please contact us immediately by email at email@example.com or by Whats App or Telegram with the number +41 77 491 04 50, providing us with photos of the package and the damaged artwork. The price of the re-shipment will be refunded and a new edition will be sent to you as soon as possible.
Our editions are declared at the purchase price at the time of shipment and are sent from Switzerland and are therefore subject to customs import taxes outside of Switzerland.
The taxes are different for each country and vary according to the value of the edition. blackprint edition unfortunately cannot offer you detailed information on these customs taxes.