Black and White Photography
Welcome to My Home Page
Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite
It will always be the "Ahwahnee" hotel to me.
Private parties should not be able to copyright the names of "our" public places and historic sites.
"Ahwahnee" comes from the Yosemite tribe's name for the valley. "Awooni" or "Owwoni"
literally meant "gaping" or "large mouth," referring to how the mouth of the valley looked.
Photos & Prints by Area
Los Angeles -- Walt Disney Concert Hall & Other Favorite Places
Golden Trout Workshops & Cottonwood Lakes Basin
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
Impressions of NYC
is a small collection of some shots I took as a tourist in New York City
in July 2010.
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, older photos in my internet gallery
Golden Trout Workshops
It's time to register for this year's Golden Trout Workshops.
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.
If you are interested in prints of any images on the web site,
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
100% carbon "Eboni-6" 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 (22 by 30 inches, with a deckle edge) 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. 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.
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 & 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,
A Catalog of the images on display (in a smart-phone friendly format) is
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 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,
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.
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,
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 1980-2014 Paul Roark -- All Rights Reserved