As a photographer, I’ve always been drawn to the energy of people. I’m fascinated by the facades they

adopt to hide an inner self. In my photographic process, I’m concentrating on discovering and

ultimately interacting with the rawness of human beings. I’ve often found people to be complex and so

I set my photographic foundation on simplicity and finding elements that are relatable. Consequently,

in this work, I find a mirror to my own vulnerability, to my own facade. I discover myself

My primary goal when making black and white portraiture is to share my interpretation of a subject’s

interior being, their inner beauty and vulnerability. In addition, I’m looking to expose a certain kind of

tension between this interior world and how it relates to their conscious exterior facade.

I try to make a genuine and intimate connection with this tension, because I believe this is where the

honesty of a person will reside. And in the end, I’m careful to include or exclude certain elements of

their environment to illustrate harmony and balance within the universe.

Ultimately, my photographic process is similar to working out a jigsaw puzzle, all the pieces need to fit

together to form a beautiful photograph. -Roman Coia





Roman Coia, A photographic artist from Southeastern Pennsylvania has been in love with the black and

white portrait for over 25 years. Roman creates beautiful yet straightforward portraits of models,

friends, and family members all of whom form the basis of his work. These portraits are conversations

frozen in time with a strong understanding of composition. This approach draws the viewer into a

direct relationship with the subject matter, each of whom are perfectly balanced with in his or her


His love for black and white portraiture and fine art printing was cultivated during his studies and

darkroom work under professors Gerald Lang and Ken Graves at Pennsylvania State University. His

photographic approach was influenced by the portrait and fashion images he viewed in publications

like W and Interview from the late 1980’s and early 1990s. Photographer’s the likes of Richard Avedon,

Irving Penn and Rodney Smith were of particular interest to him.

His work can be found at or on Instagram @romancoia.portraits and


Roman currently resides in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and is based out of his natural light studio in

the historic borough of West Chester, PA.


Featured Image: Pito ©Roman Coia