Black and White Photography


Paul Roark

Welcome to My Home Page

Solstice Foxtail, Golden Trout Workshops, 2015

Photos & Prints by Area

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

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

Golden Trout Workshops & Cottonwood Lakes Basin

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.

Owens Valley

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.

Golden Trout Workshops

It's time to register for this year's Golden Trout Workshops. See These High Sierra workshops are the easiest way to get into and learn about the High Sierra environment. At $525 for a full week, room and board included, you can't beat the value.

Purchasing Prints

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

In general, prints are available in a number of sizes from 8x10 to 22x28 inches, as well as panoramas that can be 22" x (very long). Soon canvas prints up to 38 inches wide by any length will be available.

Note on Limited Editions:

Overall limit on carbon - Arches prints: I consider my signature/best/top 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 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 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 painter as "Certificates of Authenticity") on the back of the prints, with the terms also noted on the labels.

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, and I have published technical papers as PDF's on my website about many of the technologies I've pioneered.

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 & make what I wanted and have allowed all to use them as they saw fit.) The generic 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.

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, click here.

A Catalog of the images on display (in a smart-phone friendly format) is here.

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,"

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.

Artists Guild of the Santa Ynez Valley

The Artists Guild is a 501(c)(3) organization that encourages the artistic development of artists of all ages. The Guild's programs include a room in Gallery Los Olivos where members can show their work and obtain public feedback on the work's merit, juried shows and awards that bring attention to particularly good work and serve to encourage the artists, a special wall in the Guild room that individual members can rent for a month to showcase a body of work, under the "Artist of the Month" program, and educational programs open to the public on a variety of topics of general interest. Many other functions are also undertaken by the Guild in an effort to promote the artistic development of artists and the community at large. The Guild is open to all, regardless of principal place of residence. The Artists Guild played an important roll in encouraging my photographic work, and I continue to support the Guild 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 246 has a good display of some of my favorites. 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.

Thank you for visiting my humble website.

Paul Roark
Solvang, CA, USA

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