About Walt

Walt has been photographing since about 1957.  The Junior High School he attended had a camera club with a darkroom. He studied photography at Brooks Institute of photography between 1969 and 1970. He has worked in the photo industry in camera shops, portrait studios, commercial studios and freelance work.

He owned two One-Hour/Custom Photo Labs from 1980 to 2002.

He currently operates a specialty photo lab and gallery and teaches private photo darkroom classes.  

He has been a member of PhotoZone Gallery since 1992 and has exhibited there and in other galleries to include Umpqua Valley Arts Association,  Umpqua Community College Gallery, Jacobs Gallery,  Oregon Arts Alliance, Emerald Art Center, Maude Kerns Art Center, the Center For Photographic Art in Carmel California and most recently at the University of Oregon Law Center.  He taught photography at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg and Lane Community College.  Walt also has a large body of Color, B&W and alternative process work. Walt has been involved in a project to create photo books.

Viewing Images

There are three categories to view:

1) Black and White - Black and white was my first love in photography.  Some of these images will be in the Sienna Woods section as well.

2) Color - Some color was shot on transparency material and some was on color negative.  Others were digital files.  Many of the images from transparencies were printed on Cibachrome, a process no longer available.

3) Sienna Woods - This was my first major project to end up as a book.  Some of these images appear in the Black and White category as well.  All images can be printed in B&W or Sepia.  All color images can be converted to B&W and printed in neutral B&W or sepia.

I also print with Platinum/Palladium. Images from the above three categories can be converted to Platinum/Palladium.  Not all work well in this medium.  Platinum/Palladium prints are the most archival of any process in photography.  They should last 1,000 years or more depending on storage techniques due the the inert nature of platinum and palladium metals.  Sorry, I have no way to prove that!

All images are printed by archival methods.


I have published several books of my work which can be viewed on the Blurb website. Go to http://www.blurb.com and search Walt O'Brien to see all the books or click on each link below to go to selective books.

The Technical Side

I made this video several years ago as a companion to my first book, "Sienna Woods".  Along with the book I created an interactive PDF Disc that explains how the images were created.

Using Format