It all started in 1984 when Printlab owner, Adhemar Dellagiustina Jr. was a biochemistry student at the University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. While on a school break, he met Michael McCafrey - a Chicago photographer who was working on his travelogue photographs throughout South America.
From an early age, Adhemar was very involved in photography working as an assistant for small independent productions in his spare time and learning photography with his Canon A-1 and an old Zeiss Ikon, a gift from his grandfather who had used the camera in his travels through Europe in the 1950s.
Photography was the common ground between Michael and Adhemar, and at the end of two weeks, Adhemar felt a career change approaching accepting Michael’s invitation to come to America where later he became a lab technician for legendary black-and-white Mather Custom Prints. There he learned advanced printing techniques, mezzotint printing, masking and contact printing among other techniques.
Three years later as Mather Custom Prints was switching from black-and-white to color processes, Adhemar decided to set up his own lab dedicated exclusively to black-and-white in order to respectfully continue Mather’s pursuit of excellence in black-and-white processes.
For over 25 years, the Printlab has been the professional photo lab of choice in Chicago for Fine Art photo printing.
Printlab is your creative studio; our business relies upon uncompromising technical precision, skilled craft, and a collaborative environment so that you can concentrate on your business: creating work. We work one-on-one with you to ensure that your vision is met to the strictest of specification producing professional photographic prints of the highest caliber.
We offer a comprehensive list of professional printing services, delivering unmatched quality:
Professional printing for fine art archival, museum-quality prints using our 12 color and 7 color pigment based archival printers.
State-of-the-art film scans using a Heidelberg Tango XL Drum Scanner driven by the NewColor software.
Fine art reproduction using the Betterlight Super 8K-HS digital scanning back attached to a state-of-the-art 4x5 studio camera to digitally capture artwork.
Black-and-white film processing. We hand process all black-and-white film and run an archival wash process to insure the highest quality.
We welcome you to browse our professional printing services and online digital printing solutions; give us a call here at the Printlab with any questions or to learn how we can help you.
Starting in April of 1987 with a 1400 sq. foot loft in Chicago’s River North area with two small enlargers and a long sink, the Printlab quickly became the favorite photo lab of many Chicago photographers and today the Printlab has grown from its humble beginnings to become the premier integrated printing studio in Chicago from black-and-white to digital imaging.
We specialize in professional photo printing and fine art printing using the latest digital giclée printing techniques, as well as traditional film processing, black-and-white darkroom printing, and digital photo printing. Working with award-winning commercial and fine art clients, our prints have been in museums, gallery exhibitions, books and publications throughout the world.