Black and White Fine Art Photographic Laboratory, from digital and negative 

 – Black and White LABORATORY – 

darkroom print from digital and negative 

– Handmade in ITALY – 

All my prints from digital or negative are produced on genuine ILFORD Black and White silver gelatin RC or FB photographic paper in the Darkroom . 
I believe this is as close as you can get to a traditional B&W darkroom print from a digital file. 

My fine art Printing service is available worldwide.  

For print from digital: Customers can send me the files using WeTransfer, a free service to send big or small files. Here is the link  (you indicate my mail  and attach your files) 

For print from negatives: Customers can send it to my freepost address: 

Giulio Limongelli, Laboratorio Fotografico Digingranditore® 
Address: via del Perugino 6m
Phone:+39 3920303323

I accept easy payments with Paypal, or bank tranfer . 

Who Am I, What Do I Do 

Giulio Limongelli talks about his DIGINGRANDITORE 

My laboratory has produced the darkroom prints for the exhibition “Vivian Maier’s Vivian” by Roberto Carlone, Caterna Cavallari and the Association Vivian Maier et le Champsaur (France) 

The Darkroom in step with the times


THE DARKROOM IN STEP WITH THE TIMES – Milan, Conference at The riennale Foundation – THU, 26 MAY 2016. 

A roundtable, promoted by AFIP and organized by 6Glab, with the most important Italian photo printers, with the participation of Settimio Benedusi and Denis Curti, to discuss techniques, experiences, developments and contamination in the photo printing between tradition and new technologies. 

“The Darkroom in step with times”, roundtable on the state of photographic print between tradition and contemporaneity. 

 A meeting with the most important Italian photo printers – Roberto Berné, Giulio Limongelli, Diego Locatelli and Giancarlo Vaiarelli – to discuss techniques and experiments, to highlight experiences, evolutions and contaminations that are developing in the comparison between tradition and new technologies. The roundtable will be moderated by a special guest: the photographer Settimio Benedusi. 

The Roundtable, organized by AFIP – Italian Professional Photographers Association – wants to reach a double purpose: the aim is to recognize the fundamental value of experience and typically Italian professionalism in this field and to emphasize the importance of a constructive dialogue between organizations that work with different methods and approaches in the field of photography and printing. 

The planning and the organization of the meeting is curated by 6Glab, agency of Public Relations and Marketing Communications dedicated to the world of photography, art and culture: with this new appointment, 6Glab has again demonstrated to be a reality able to offer new insights to authors, professionals and photographic art lovers. 

So, the start will be with Giulio Limongelli, craftsman, photographer and print-maker for over thirty years, which in its customer portfolio boasts some of the most important Italian photographers, as well as historical archives and museums. Teacher of the discipline of photo printing in his Studio Fine Art in Bologna, as a true “Master” is able to teach the dark room experience, bringing the photo printing to its original world made of bowls, red lamps and smell of acids. During the round-table, Limongelli will focus on his return to analog experience from the new digital frontier, thanks to his technical inventions like the Digingranditore, and on the need to transmit his know-how – through individual courses and workshops just for two persons – to teach a thoughtful approach to photography. 

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Giulio Limongelli and the Photographic Fine Arts Prints made with his Digingranditore on the most important Italian monthly magazine sector FOTOGRAFARE and on the international magazine sector IMAGE IN PROGRESS  

With articles about me, my B&W Lab and the DIGINGRANDITORE digital enlarger. 

Solitude and photography – Artist Diary Ph-t: Giulio Limongelli* 

When photography means being a little bit of a magician and a little bit of a miracle worker. 

 (Article from IMAGE IN PROGRESS paper and dig magazine)

I started my profession back when photography meant being a little bit of a magician and a little bit of a miracle worker. Photography is an ancient art. People at the time couldn’t explain how images could emerge, as if by magic, out of the darkness of a room or from the mystery of a roll of film. 

Today, in the digital era, that magic has vanished a little bit, but for those like me who started their journey in the “analog” age, digital is nothing but a new opportunity, an addition that completes my knowledge and amplifies my creativity. 

Photography is an art in continuous evolution… always new, but still faithful to itself. 

Everything started from the simple desire to experiment with something new, not just to capture memories. When I was 20 years old, I was doing voluntary work in the mountains, isolated. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I approached photography when I was on my own. To observe, and not only see, is an exercise that requires concentration. I cannot share it when I’m in the company of other people. I suppose this was also the beginning and the motivation for my passion for landscape and nature photography. 

 At that time, my father gave me his old Voigtlander Vito B, a very simple 35mm camera which was limited by a not-so-fast fixed lens. I used to walk in the mountain woods experimenting with colour and black and white. I immediately realized the lack of flexibility a fixed lens camera could have so my interest moved towards SLR cameras. I bought my first Yashica, then a Contax camera. When I finished my voluntary work, I came in contact with the most important photography studio and lab in my city. I started an apprenticeship there that allowed me to receive a complete formation, from shooting to print. I think that printing in a dark room makes up the other important half of photography. It has the same principles and allows you to consolidate your knowledge of the subject. 

 At the end of the eighties, I started my freelance career, working for private companies and corporates. The studio where I was working started to implement new lighting equipment and cameras. I started to work with medium format 6×6 and 6×7 with Bronica and Mamiya and, also ,4×5 view cameras from Toyo and Tachihara. 

 During these years I also started to teach photography both privately and for public companies and collaborate with travel and tourism magazines. My personal interest was leaning more and more towards landscapes, nature and architectural photography but I had to do other genres as well because they were the ones that allowed me to photograph for a living. My path was on two parallel tracks: commissioned photography and personal research photography. 

 On the business track, the most interesting genre was industrial photography and still life. Despite the rise of digital technologies, my approach to the medium has not changed. For me, the camera is all about focus, time, aperture and ISO. Postproduction is a useful tool one shouldn’t abuse. My goal is photography, the tool I use means little. 

Usually, I am more interested in lenses than bodies. During my career I have used a variety of lenses, but my favourites are primes and telephotos. During the last few years, I started to use shorter focal lengths once again so that I can get closer to the subject. 

My sources of inspiration 

For me it is difficult to understand what influenced my way of working. I think that I have been influenced more by trends than artists. We are living in a digital world crowded by images, but that was the case in the “analog” days as well. For this reason, limiting what inspired me to only a handful of elements is impossible. I can surely quote some of the most well-known names in the category, but comparing myself with my colleagues was also important. I don’t like to recall the big names in photography, but if I have to, I can quote a couple of Italian names: Franco Fontana, Luigi Ghirri. 

 Today, thirty years from the beginning of my interest in photography, I try to be true to myself: I follow this world in constant evolution without prejudice, looking for the beauty that lies around us. What I do is what represents me, unveiling my limits and my capacities. 
(Translation by Heather Broster) 

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Giulio Limongelli Biography

B I O – Giulio Limongelli can be qualified as a ” Master of the Workshop”, to underline his background as a 360 degrees Artisan as a photographer as well as printer. Born in 1963 and graduating in 1985 at Liceo Scientifico, he has been a professional photographer since that very same day. He is very active in both shooting and printing and color as well as black and white. He also teaches photography in local accredited schools. After moving to Bologna in 1996, where he still lives and runs a successful shop, he works as a freelancer as well as a creative mind. Giulio showcased his work in individual as well as collective exhibits in London, Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna and Padua. 

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