OLIVER GAGLIANI (1917 – 2002)
Oliver Gagliani is known for his technically beautiful photographs as well as for his engaging subject matter. His distinct photographic vision imbues ordinary objects with a spiritual quality. For him, abstractions and fragments of the whole reveal the underlying essence.
Largely self-taught, Oliver Gagliani’s only formal training in photography was seven weeks of study in 1946 with Ansel Adams and Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts. He exhibited at the Peninsula Art Association; the George Eastman House; San Francisco Museum of Art and the Witkin Gallery. With a Fischer Grant from the University of Arizona in 1974, Gagliani traveled to Italy and returned there annually for 20 years, producing over 20,000 images. In 2013, The Center for Creative Photography in Tuscon, AZ acquired Oliver Gagliani’s archive. It contains over 700 fine print photographs in addition to papers, negatives, contact sheets, detailed exposure tests and notes.
Untitled (peeling wall, California)
Vintage gelatin silver print
8 x 10.25 in.
Stamped: PROOF on print verso. Hand written label with artist name, title, and date, adhered to print recto, below image.
Condition: Two long and two small creases, left quarter of print; residue of label print recto, under image