Black and White Photography


Paul Roark

Welcome to My Home Page

Kirkjufellsfoss falls & Kirkjufell mountain

Large prints from Iceland are now on my Gallery Los Olivos wall.

For information on Gallery Los Olivos, click here.

Photos & Prints by Area

Iceland, Oct. 2017 -- This will be a work in progress for a while.

Los Angeles -- Walt Disney Concert Hall & Other Favorite Places

Glacier National Park and Swan Valley, Montana

Cottonwood Lakes Basin & former Golden Trout Workshops

Kauai -- *Color* (mostly) Sunsets and landscapes

Washington, D.C.

Portland, October 2014

Italy, May 2014

Chicago, May 2013

Ansel Adams Wilderness, August 2012

Yosemite National Park

Santa Ynez Valley Skies

Paris & Boston, September 2011

Olympic Peninsula

Impressions of NYC is a small collection of some shots I took as a tourist in New York City in July 2010.

Mammoth Lakes and Owens Valley

Old Favorites

Hubble-Monocerotis-Dunes print. 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

For the Index and Thumbnails of the other, older photos in my internet gallery click here.

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 third Thursday of each month. Please feel free to stop by the Gallery on one of these days or any other time.

For information on Gallery Los Olivos, click here.

Black & White Print and Printing Information

For technical information on printing, please go to

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 I cover or link to numerous current as well as older inksets and workflows that I have used in the past. MIS Associates ( 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.

Image Capture -- Cameras, Lenses, KolariVision Ultra-Thin IR filter

Optimizing the image capture phase of my medium has also been a challenge I have enjoyed. Part of what contributes to a slightly different take on the world comes from exploring it with new and different tools.

The new product of interest that I've tested to a certain extent is the KolariVision Ultra-Thin cover glass for digital cameras. What it allows me to do is use my very best Leica wide angle lenses on the state of the art Sony A7r series of full frame cameras. See

Purchasing Prints

If you are interested in prints of any images on the web site, please contact me. or Gallery Los Olivos. (My internet prices are the same as those through Gallery Los Olivos.)

In general, B&W prints are available in a number of sizes from 8x10 up to 44" wide (9800). All are printed with a dedicated B&W, carbon pigment inkset of my own design). I do not sell color prints.

Note on Limited Editions:

In general, prints at the 11 by 14 inch size on inkjet paper are sold on an open edition basis.

Large canvas prints will be limited to 10 per image on canvas. This does not affect the separate limits on other media, such as Arches watercolor paper.

Arches (and other un-coated) watercolor full sheet prints are also limited to 10 per image.

Both the canvas and Arches prints, combined, all images included, are limited to a one per week production. It is my intention to never become a large volume printer. All of my prints are made individually, as needed.

Generally, I think the "limited edition" approach has to be approached cautiously for the type of photography and printing that I do. Images evolve and change with time, as my then-current preferences for the look of a print change, as do the technology and materials I use to make the print. As such, my approach to this issue is sometimes a bit different than those who are making copies of a painting. I try to balance the limited quantity with the ability of the image to evolve (and my life expectancy, of course).

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. Stopping the evolution of an image is a big mistake for photographers who are also printers pushing the limits of the medium. "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico" is Mr. Adams' most famous example of how prints can evolve.

Arches prints - "Carbon on Cotton": I consider my most archival 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. As noted above, 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 limit also applies to large canvas prints, but for a different reason -- their size.

With respect to all limited edition prints, 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. The basic terms also noted on labels.

Carbon pigment on Arches prints I make for others using their files/images are not included in any of these limits.

Inkjet paper prints - Unless otherwise stated, prints are sold on an open edition basis. Most of these are the 11x14 prints noted above, but some are of other sizes. As with all of my fine art prints, however, I make one print at a time, as needed. Thus the overall number of prints I make will never be very high.

Canvas prints - At the current time I am only producing what I call "artist's proofs." These are numbered sequentially, all images included. These are simply prints being made to perfect the techniques I will use for the final prints. See my note, above, regarding my current expectations regarding large canvas prints that will be introduced in September 2017.

September 2013 Featured Artist Show at Gallery Los Olivos

In September 2013 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, click here.

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.

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, click here.

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,"

Santa Ynez Valley Arts (previously called the "Artists Guild")

This is a 501(c)(3) organization that encourages the artistic development of artists of all ages and media. It is open to all on a non-juried basis. The organization's programs include a room in Gallery Los Olivos (the "Guild Room") where members can show and sell their work, obtaining public feedback on the work's merit. Additionally, there are juried shows and awards that bring attention to particularly good work and serve to encourage the best artists. We have a special/separate wall in the Guild room that individual members can rent for a month to showcase a body of work. We call this the "Artist of the Month" program. The group also sponsors educational programs open to the public on a variety of topics of general interest related to the arts. SYV Arts is open to all, regardless of principal place of residence. The organization played an important roll in encouraging my photographic work, and I continue to support and recommend it to all who want to take their art to the next level and see what might be there.

View the Artists Guild website for more information.

Elverhoj Museum Photo Restoration Project

As part of Solvang California's centennial celebration, the Elverhoj Museum 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 Highway 246 has a good display of some of my favorites. There are 100% carbon prints. For information about the Elverhoj museum and for a book of the old photos, click here. For a PDF that briefly explains some of the procedures I used to restore the old photos, click here.


If you have any comments or questions, or are interested in copies of any of my images, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Thank you for visiting my humble website.

Paul Roark
Solvang, CA, USA

All Photographs -- Copyright 1980-2016 Paul Roark -- All Rights Reserved