Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, 2016
In general, B&W prints are available in a number of sizes from 8x10 up to 44" wide (9800 with B&W inkset). I generally do not print color professionally.
Overall limit on carbon - Arches prints: I consider my most collectible print technology to be carbon pigments on Arches Hot Press (uncoated) watercolor paper. Note that I often print on the back side of the arches for a more interesting texture and better durability. This paper is not inkjet paper, but the finest cotton-based watercolor paper. With no coating to crack or flake off, it is expected to have a much longer life than coated inkjet papers. Carbon pigments are also not standard inkjet pigments. They are much more lightfast than any major commercial printing system. This "carbon on cotton" medium, with the inkset and workflow being developed by me, establishes a benchmark of archival imaging and is a rather unique printing technology that I am proud to have pioneered. Due to this uniqueness and its stature as, in my view, 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. (In fact, at the current time, my production level is considerably below this.) The limit encompasses all of my current and future images together. 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. Some images and sizes will be further restricted.
Carbon pigment on Arches prints I make for others using their files/images are not included in this limit.
Inkjet paper prints - Unless otherwise stated, prints are sold on an open edition basis. I make one print at a time, as needed. Thus the overall number of prints I make will never be very high. It is important that images and print technologies be allowed to evolve. Thus freezing an image or technology does not work for my type of photography. Note that Ansel Adams sold open edition prints -- massive numbers, often printed by assistants. His most famous images improved as he refined his printing techniques and as materials improved.
In this inkjet paper category, the large panoramic prints on 24 x 48" matte, cotton-based paper will often be limited editions. See the terms of these editions from the Print Information labels (sometimes referred to by painters as "Certificates of Authenticity") on the back of the prints, with the terms also noted on the labels.
Canvas prints - At the current time I am only producing what I call "artist's proofs." These are numbered sequentially, all images included. I have not determined any "normal" approach for these yet. (And, as usual, my approach is not likely to be what most photographers/printers consider a traditional canvas treatment.) If and when I do settle on a single approach, the large canvases will be treated like the Arches prints -- no more than one per week, all images included.
As noted above, I currently work in several somewhat distinct media, with the core theme being to push the envelope in B&W photography. As a former darkroom worker who often mixed his own developers, the B&W inkset development work I did came rather naturally. (A brother who was a chemist in the carbon field didn't hurt.)
At www.PaulRoark.com/BW-Info/ I cover or link to numerous current as well as older inksets and workflows that I have used in the past. MIS Associates (inksupply.com) continues to sell many of the older inksets that I developed; all such work by me has been on an open-source, royalty-free basis. (I just made and continue to make what I want and have allowed all to use my formulas and profiles as they saw fit.) Of particular interest to B&W printers who want the best for the least, the generic dilution base formulas for diluting pigment inks is also linked to this page. These allow creative printers to make their own unique and very cost effective inksets.
In addition to the B&W inksets, I'm currently very interested to achieving the spectral response of my favorite old B&W film -- Kodak Technical Pan. This extended red response appears to be available via digital camera cover glasses aimed at astrophotography.
A Catalog of the images on display (in a smart-phone friendly format) is here.
I currently am scheduled to have another such show in September of 2017. There I will probably feature large canvas prints.
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.
View the Artists Guild website for more information.
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