Berkeley Fine Art Printing The LightRoom Introduces Pigment Inkjet Printing Using Japanese Fine Art Papers

Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Pigment inkjet printing has revolutionized photographic and fine art printing over the last decade with its high quality, longevity and versatility in printing media. American and European paper manufacturers like Moab, Hahnemühle and Canson and others have brought forth many fine papers. The LightRoom, featuring fine art printing for photographers and other artists since 1975, is now offering Japanese fine art papers along with the traditional Western inkjet paper line.

“One thing we have been excited about lately is exploring the world of papers from the Japanese tradition of paper making, whose history is as long and varied as it is in Europe and the U.S.,” Robert Reiter of The LightRoom said. “We hold workshops on working with some of these new papers and are working with manufacturers and importers to help introduce the wonderful offerings of inkjet compatible Japanese papers that are just now becoming available in the West.”

At The LightRoom, two recent workshops were held for those interested in printing with Japanese papers and the response was overwhelming. Artists and photographers came to see samples provided by Awagami Paper Company of Japan and Hiromi Paper, an importer of Asian art papers in Santa Monica. While suitable for color, and black and white pictures, these papers have a slightly less saturated look that is in line with the paper’s natural surfaces and textures. More than the traditional Western paper, artists will want to pick a paper to match a particular picture, rather than find one paper to use with everything.

The fine art printing experts at The LightRoom carry a wide variety of papers that offer a choice of glossy and luster surfaces, smooth or texture matte papers, papers from metallic to cotton rag, bright white to natural and warmer colorations–what more could the creative photographer or other artist need? Artists of all manner have never been satisfied with the status quo when it comes to expressing their art and the versatility of modern printing has not yet satiated their appetites for new and novel mediums to hold their images. While the world reaped the benefit of modern technology in the availability of papers from the Western tradition of paper making, people are only now beginning to see offerings from the even older traditions of the craft that were developed in Japan and other Asian countries.

“Japanese papers tend to be thinner, more fibrous and with a greater variety of natural, earthy tones,” Reiter said. “They are also hard to find, and what is available today may not be tomorrow. But as artists discover and seek them out, this situation is bound to improve.”

The LightRoom has more workshops planned for the fall, and Awagami Paper Company and Hiromi Paper are working hard to popularize their offerings. Anyone interested in learning more about inkjet printing with a new world of papers can contact them or The LightRoom.

For more information about Japanese fine art papers or any of The LightRoom’s products or services, call 510-649-8111, view the company on the Web at or visit 2263 Fifth St. in Berkeley.

About The LightRoom

The LightRoom has been providing photographers and other Bay Area artists with the best photography services since 1975. It has been offering fine art printing since the end of the last century and specializes in pigment inkjet (giclée) printing for Berkeley area clients. From film scanning to the preparation of any digital file to simply working with their own printer-ready files, The LightRoom helps clients get the most out of their work. If needed,the company also outputs digital files for printing on traditional photographic paper with its LightJet printer. The LightRoom also showcases the work of its many talented clients at its studio gallery.


Rob Reiter