Trevi Fountain, Rome
I'm slowing digging into my Italy trip files now that Golden Trout Workshop is over.
If you are interested in copies of any images on the web site, please contact me. My internet prices are the same as those through Gallery Los Olivos; so you can also order through them and use a credit card as opposed to the PayPal that I use.
Note on Limited Editions: For information on open and limited editions, click here.
A Catalog of the images on display (in a smart-phone friendly format) is here.
In general, photographic prints are available in a number of sizes from 8x10 to 22x28 inches, as well as panoramics that can be 22" x (very long). I can sell direct, but for most sales using credit cards or where the buyer is in California, I prefer to sell through Gallery Los Olivos (see below).
I work in two somewhat distinct media, both of which I have pioneered. First, the most archival fine art is what I call "carbon on cotton." This is a print where the image is composed of predominantly (for example 85%) if not 100% carbon pigments, which are printed onto cotton based papers. Carbon pigments are by far the most lightfast and stable image forming substance that is compatible with modern printing approaches. Where less than 100% carbon is used, the best neutralized carbon plus color pigments (from Hewlett Packard) are used. Among papers, Arches Hot Press, un-coated watercolor paper is the top choice that I recommend for collectors. Carbon on Arches may be the only photographic medium that will still look good centuries from now. This medium requires custom pigments and printing procedures that take it beyond what any commercial printing solution can achieve. Very few people bother with this, which is part of its attraction to me and should be to collectors also.
Second, an advanced B&W dye inkset based on Epson Claria and Noritsu inks simply makes the most dramatic B&W images I have yet seen. While this technology is good for most print uses, I do not recommend it for very long term display or collectors who want a medium that will keep for centuries. In terms of lightfastness, the Epson advanced dyes that are used in this inks have done better than some pigment systems, but they are not in the same league with carbon.
Overall limit on carbon on Arches prints: The primary exception to my open edition print policy relates to those made with carbon pigments on Arches uncoated watercolor paper (not inkjet paper). These establish a benchmark of archival imaging and are a rather unique printing technology. Due to this uniqueness and its stature as the top archival medium, I have imposed a lifetime limit on all such images. I will never produce more than one full sheet carbon on Arches print per week. This encompasses all of my current and future images, and it is a cumulative limit. I believe this balances the need to keep images evolving with the benefits of guaranteeing that these top collectible prints will never be produced in large volumes.
The October, 2010 issue of "Cowboys & Indians" magazine also has a short article about me. See it here.
The first of my 100% carbon inksets, sold by MIS Associates, is written up in Shutterbug magazine. The article is on line here. My carbon printing information page is here
I use several Red River Paper products and beta test some of their papers. They have a short blurb about my work here.
The December 2013 "Shutterbug" magazine, in the Digital Help column regarding inks suggested, "visiting a black-and-white expert's website, www.PaulRoark.com."
For information on Gallery Los Olivos, click here.
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Solvang, CA, USA
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