Decades of hands-on experience in all forms of processing and printing, including the highly respected Kodak Dye Transfer, means Dennis is able to draw on a great wealth of photographic printing knowledge. Today he is known as a master black and white hand printer and continues to print for photographers, artists, collectors, galleries and museums around the world. In 2008 he was presented with the Sony Profoto Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to photography.
For many years Dennis was on the advisory committee for a previously disadvantaged photographic school, the Market Photo Workshop. He holds an Honorary Fellowship from the Professional Photographers of South Africa (PPSA) and is on the management team of the South African Professional Photographers (SAPP), serving as the Facilitator of Accreditation and Judging. Dennis has been a judicator in many prestigious photographic awards both locally and internationally, including the prestigious Sony Photographic Awards.
Dennis da Silva started as a lab technician in South Africa. He has evolved his work to include alternative processes.
For over four decades Dennis has been developing both an eye for beautiful images and the images themselves. After making the transition from photographer to lab technician Dennis submersed himself in the alchemy of image reproduction. His technical aptitude quickly established him as one of the foremost authorities in his field in South Africa, and today he has a successful business specializing in digital scanning and fine art printing, black & white hand processing, conventional and lith hand printing, as well as many forms of chemical toning.
From a personal point of view, the historic importance of the salt print makes it one of the most rewarding alternative processes I have tried. The intrinsic beauty and creative potential when applied to an image is truly endless.