Frequently Asked Questions


What is a fine art digital print?

The breakthrough in archival inkjet printing technology is one of the great revolutions in photography. A digital file is made from a negative, transparency or illustration. These high resolution scans are sent from the computer to the printer which sprays a stream of very fine, virtually invisible, ink droplets directly onto specially coated art papers. (In the USA these are also known as 'Giclée' prints). A3 size inkjet prints are made on best quality archival paper and ink ˆˆ Top of page


What sizes can I order?

Together with the photographer we decide which sizes are available. Please refer to the product page for these sizes in centimeters. For custom size prints please contact the gallery. Email for further information.


Are the prints enhanced from the original?

Images that originate from film are made by scanning at high resolution from the original transparency or negative. The digital files are then cleaned and dusted and  may be colour balanced or retouched according to the photographer/art director's instruction. Images taken on digital cameras skip the scanning process but the rest is the same. See the caption for further details.


How limited is an Edition?

Rockarchive respects the wish of the photographer, and follows the established edition of each photographer which could be for example 15 or 150 as well as open editions. Each photographer decides the edition and  the sizes. Special sizes are at the discretion of the photographer.


Can I see more work than available on the website?

Most of our photographers have substantial archives and their own websites. If you want to trace a particular image or ask a question please contact us. If you have a serious request, we will do our utmost to find it.


How should I care for my art print?

Keep your print out of direct sunlight and away from unusually hot cold or damp conditions. All Rockarchive prints have been specifically developed to afford the highest possible archival quality by means of archival, acid-free papers and archival inks. For further information email to


How should I display my print?

Rockarchive Amsterdam offers the possibility to frame your picture by a professional. Our framer works with the highest quality of acid-free material and has life long experience with framing. If you are abroad or if you wish to handle the framing yourself, we strongly recommend a white acid-free mount, at least 8cm all around the print, with an extra 20% at the bottom. Rockarchive Amsterdam also offers the possibility to use high quality museum glass.


What is a silver gelatin Print?

A silver gelatin print is usually hand-made made from the original B&W negative using techniques that are over 100 years old. The negative is projected on to the silver bromide coated emulsion, resting on a fibre base, and then developed in chemical solutions. The resulting print has an archival life of 100 years or more in optimum conditions.


Why do prints vary in price?

Each photographer decides the price range of his work. The number of prints left within an edition might also play a role in the pricing of a print. However Rockarchive Amsterdam is trying to offer a balanced catalogue .


Have the silver gelatin prints been enhanced from the original?

Unless specified, silver gelatin prints come from the original negatives and are therefore not retouched except by old-fashioned darkroom techniques such as burning in or spotting dust and scratches by hand. This is a rare chance for you to own a piece of the original moment, warts and all.


What kind of print will I be getting?

Please refer to the information on the specific item you have been choosing. If you are not sure email to


Can I have a custom size print made?

If you wish to order a custom size print please email ust at Custom size prints are at the discretion of the photographer. To get an idea of the possibilities, please check our Happy Customers page (Big Mick)