Paul Roark
Black and White Photography


Sunrise at Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Paris from the towers of Notre Dame

"Count...Paul Roark as among the inspired landscape shooters,"
writes the Santa Barbara News-Press.

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Thank you to those who visited Gallery Los Olivos in September 2013 to see Paul's Featured Show.

A Catalog of the images in that show, in smart-phone friendly HTML format, is located here.
The catalog and the pages it links to will be left on the web permanently.
Prints are available through Gallery Los Olivos.

To see the Gallery page used for that Sept. 2013 show,
and for other information regarding prints sold at that show, click here.

For Paul's web page, click here.

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Paul has become internationally known not only for the artistic merit of his photography, but also for the black and white digital printing processes he has pioneered. He is both a photographer and master printer. Being best known as the inventor of the 100% carbon pigment inksets ("Eboni" inksets sold by MIS Associates - royalty free), Paul has recently been pursuing a new medium -- B&W dyes on metallic paper.

In general, the advanced dye technology makes the most dramatic, sharpest looking prints, with the highest dynamic range. They are displayed un-glazed to make the images the most accessible. For 2014, he has made yet another advance that should significantly increase the lightfastness of the B&W dyes. Nonetheless, even while Epson promotes the color dyes using this chemistry as "archival" and able to last "for generations," the dyes are not in the same league with carbon pigments.

The carbon pigment prints make the most lightfast and archival prints possible. Paul's "Eboni" inksets, in independent, third-party testing, have set the benchmark for image lightfastness and stability. Mounted and matted behind acrylic, these museum quality prints will make fine art displays for a very long time. Arches watercolor paper is probably the most archival, being un-coated and having a long history in the art markets. The reality is that the carbon pigments are so stable that it is the paper that is the probably weak link.

The dyes and carbon pigments are distinct media, each of which sets a benchmark for performance in its media category. Paul's art is not just the image but also the print. And there are different media for different markets, purposes, and tastes.

Updating the B&W tradition that the "negative" is like the musical score and the print is the performance, Paul integrates the latest digital camera and printing technologies with the traditions of the western landscape school of B&W photography.

Prints can be ordered through Gallery Los Olivos in either the dye or carbon pigment technologies.

Note on Editions: All prints are made one at a time by Paul Roark. Unless otherwise stated in connection with a specific print, there are no "limited editions." All prints are signed by Paul, although this may be on back if no appropriate surface is available on the front of the print. Although there are no "limited editions" unless explicitly stated, Paul has set a maximum limit on all carbon pigment prints on Arches (or other un-coated watercolor) paper. He will in no case make more than one such print per week. This includes all images. This formula allows an image to continue to evolve while also stopping mass production of these top fine art prints.