Black holes are completely invisible themselves, as any light that passes the event horizon is completely consumed. That said, in reality, black holes are usually blazing with light, because as matter falls towards a black hole, it is accelerated and compressed by gravitic forces. As that matter heats up it begins to release light as energy, eventually running through the visible spectrum, and then on up into x-rays.
So the accretion disk around a black hole is ridiculously bright.
Now, if the black hole really was out in space with no matter falling in, it would still be really bright because of the material it ate before. Imagine a photon with just enough energy to stay above the event horizon. It slowly, slowly circles outward until it reaches a point where it can move away from the black hole, giving the hole a slow, rosy glow for millions of years after the last matter fell in.
Finally, if it ran out of that glow, it would still be visible by the massive distortions it causes in light, bending and lensing the light from behind it, and even the light coming from the viewer could be wrapped around the event horizon, coming back to create a sort of mirror image sphere shape, with distorted lens-like properties around it.
There’s a few pictures and more information here: http://www.universetoday.com/74462/what-does-a-black-hole-look-like/