Black and White Photography
Welcome to My Home Page
"Base of Cirque"
This image shows the view from the base of Cirque Peak,
looking toward the top of the cirque that New Army Pass goes over,
just to the right of this photo's view.
Golden Trout Workshops
It's time to register for this year's Golden Trout Camp and workshops.
These High Sierra workshops are the easiest way to get to and learn about
the High Sierra environment. At $525 for a full week, room and board included,
you can't beat the value.
New Photos & Prints by Area
Chicago, May 2013
Ansel Adams Wilderness, August 2012
Yosemite National Park
Santa Ynez Valley Skies
Paris & Boston, September 2011
Golden Trout Workshops & Cottonwood Lakes Basin
Impressions of NYC
is a small collection of some shots I took as a tourist in New York City
in July 2010.
Los Angeles -- Walt Disney Concert Hall & LACMA
As one who has long been fascinated with
exploring our universe through optics, it was an honor to meet the founder
of the optical company that built the Hubble space telescope; by chance he was a friend of the family.
Follow the link to the left for more information.
Index of Other Photos
Index and Thumbnails
of the other photos in my internet gallery
If you are interested in copies of any images on the web site,
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.
September 2013 Featured Artist Show at Gallery Los Olivos
This last September I was the Gallery Los Olivos "Featured Artist." This show,
"Landscapes and Cityscapes,"
occupied the front room of the gallery for that month.
For more information on the exhibit,
A Catalog of the images on display (in a smart-phone friendly format) is
Black & White Print and Printing Information
For technical information on printing, please go to
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 80%) if not 100% carbon
pigments, which are printed onto cotton based papers.
Carbon pigments are by far the most lightfast and stable.
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
Articles about My Photography
The January 2010 issue of Rangefinder magazine has an interview with
me and some of my photos. To check it out on line,
The October, 2010 issue of "Cowboys & Indians" magazine also has a short article about me. See it
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
I use several Red River Paper products and beta test some of their papers. They have a short
blurb about my work
The December 2013 "Shutterbug" magazine, in the Digital Help column regarding inks suggested,
"visiting a black-and-white expert's website, www.PaulRoark.com."
Gallery Los Olivos
I have a permanent display at Gallery Los Olivos, in Los Olivos, California.
I am generally at the gallery from 10 - 5, the fourth Thursday of each month.
This year in January and May I'll be there the 5th Thursday, and in November
and December, I'll be there the 3rd Thursday.
Please feel free to
stop by the Gallery on one of these days or any other time.
For information on Gallery Los Olivos,
Elverhoj Museum Photo Restoration Project
As part of Solvang California's centennial celebration, the Elverhoj Museun in Solvang
displayed numerous historic images that have been contributed by local
residents, and digitally restored and printed by me. While the gallery show at the Elverhoj
is no longer up, some of the images remain in the permanent displays at the Elverhoj Museum.
Additionally, Montecito Bank and Trust at Alamo Pintado and 246 has a good display of
some of my favorites.
For information about the Elverhoj museum and for a book of the old photos,
For a PDF that briefly explains some of the procedures I used to
restore the old photos,
If you have any comments or questions, or are interested in
copies of any of my images, please do not hesitate to
Thank you for visiting my humble website.
Solvang, CA, USA
All Photographs -- Copyright 1980-2013 Paul Roark -- All Rights Reserved