Gary Gullet

Silvertone International has been our choice for fine art printing, hands down. The interpretation…

Millard Arnold

I have been a satisfied client of Silvertone for over a decade. The dedication, professionalism…

Mark Lewis

Silvertone has always gone the extra mile for me…

Brent Stirton

Andreas is the consummate German perfectionist behind a computer. I know that I can give him an untouched raw file  and on the basis of a brief conversation; he will produce something beyond my ability to imagine in my own work.  A great retoucher, he is capable of bringing out detail which I did not realize was there. It is like seeing the photograph all over again. A great retoucher takes your work to another level, they are not just technicians, they see what you are trying to communicate and use their skills to enhance that. Beyond their technical skills, Dennis and Andreas are people who really listen to you. This is a bespoke service, not a drop off shop that wants the work out the door as quickly as possible. They are concerned with their reputation for consistent quality. As a result everything is beautifully done and you come away from the experience feeling like you have found collaborators. In a world of apathetic operators they are a breath of fresh air. – Read more

Roger Ballen

Silvertone and Andreas Kahlau are responsible for the scanning and grading of my negatives and producing digital prints for my exhibitions. The quality of these prints are so superb that many specialists can hardly see the difference between these and the Silver hand print. –

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Joao Silva

It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work with Silvertone – I can not recommend their services strongly enough. Dennis, Andreas and Andile are passionate professionals whose dedication and expertise is sure to fulfill a photographer or artist\’s individual needs. Read more

Jurgen Schadeberg

Even though I am based for part of the year in Europe I continue to use Silvertone printing services which are a match in quality and price for anyone in Europe or the States. I recommend Adreas Kahlau and Silvertone to any photographer or company in South Africa or abroad who is looking for high quality and professionalism in the art of printing. Read more

Lex van Vught

I have been a satisfied customer of Silvertone, and Andreas Kahlau in particular, for well over a decade…

Beverly Joubert

Dear Andreas, There has been some activity lately. A small flurry of excitement in the halls for the National Geographic Society, at its Explorer’s Hall. The Joubert, Big Cat Exhibition opened this month to consistent and growing positive reviews like a wonderful wave of appreciation. That appreciation is not only for Beverly’s fine images, or only of the eyes of the big cats that stare back at you, but for the overall package. So it deserves some explanation of exactly what that package is, for anyone who may want to read this. It has also set me considering the fine line between art and what is not considered art. It began with a visit to Silverton’s offices in South Africa, where old friend and associate Andreas, took a long had look at a selection of images in his usual laconic way, nodding quietly, framing with two set squares, reaching over to finger some paper samples and consulting with Andreas. Then at last a pronouncement that you don’t even ask for from a regular printer or setter, ’these are good!’ So as a first level of service at Silverton you get an opinion, an honest one at that. Beverly’s eyebrows climbed up her forehead a notch when that announcement included a ’This one lets the portfolio down a little in my opinion…’ but while that image stayed a round or two longer I notice it did not make it into her final selection! Next is a meticulous series of tests on different papers to determine the way the light falls over the image and if the slicker Textured Fine Art brings the deep colours out too much or whether the more absorbent Fabriano takes that edge off and leaves a rounded colour palette. Back and forth, test, select, test again, blow up, less gamma, more density, more luminance… Once we got a call from Andreas saying that some unique combination of papers and colour gave up a look that none of us expected but…’you know I like it!’ We went in and looked down at a print that took our breath away. In any other shop, this would not have been printed. It would not have passed that first 5 x 7 test, and we would never have had a call to come and see a full sized experiment. This only happens because Silverton becomes your partner, a creative partner if you allow it. If you want a full colour glossy print, you really want to go somewhere else, I get the impression that kind of printing turns their stomachs.   The work is an interesting blend between precise detail and artistic collaboration, which if you think about it, is a realm very few succeed in. You are either precise and detailed as a personality, or creative, by stereotype, but Silverton defies stereotypes, or stereos in general it seems. I see a vinyl record player in the lab, which should be un-noteworthy, but it is in a way indicative of what Silverton is about. It is, as a company, an association of individuals, a specialist in a hand made ethic that was more prevalent in the days of those vinyl records even though they were plastic and mass produced. They were gritty and had a texture in a way that seems more honest than merely recreating reality, in the same way as Silverton looks at photography; an art form beyond the easy route, beyond that simply recreation of reality in a snapshot. This journey  has to be hard, filled with experimentation and some mistakes, because somehow I believe that all of those steps walk with you like silent and invisible warriors in this fight against mediocrity. Silverton is an enemy of mediocre.  Thank you all, Dereck and Beverly. – Read more

Elizabeth Olivier Kahlau

You are the best BEST ever! – you are amazing printers! Andreas you are my hero! – a complete book in one day!! – no reprints all just stunning! Thank You!  – Read more