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arthur berger
15-Sep-2017, 06:53
100 years ago Oliver Gagliani was born in Placerville, California. He died 15 years ago at the age of eighty five. In my opinion he was one of the true
" Masters" of 20th century photography.
I will never forget the first time I saw his photographs at the Focus Gallery on Union Street in San Francisco in 1968. I returned a few times to study
the prints and saw Oliver himself there looking at his work. Unfortunately I was too much in awe and too timid to approach him. Fast forward 10 years
and I was taking his Virginia City Workshop.I got to know him and his work and was friendly with him for many years.
Recently my daughter moved into a new house and asked me for some of my photographs to decorate her bare walls. I framed and hung some of my
work and decided to give her one of Olivers photographs that I had recently reframed but had not yet hung in my house.
After hanging his photograph and seeing it again in a new light ,so to speak, I was so impressed with the beauty and power of his work that it rekindled my interest in the things he had taught me.

Alan9940
15-Sep-2017, 07:12
Unfortunately, I never got a chance to meet Oliver, but I'm intimately familiar with his work and totally agree with your statements! Thank you for reminding me of this wonderful photographer!

dasBlute
15-Sep-2017, 07:15
thanks for sharing, had never heard of this artist [I know, I grew up under rock, right?]

Merg Ross
15-Sep-2017, 07:46
A true "master". Thanks for remembering Oliver.

http://gittermangallery.com/exhibition/11/exhibition_works/

Two23
15-Sep-2017, 10:20
He understood how to use Light.


Kent in SD

Steve Sherman
15-Sep-2017, 10:29
Agree with everything said about Oliver's work, I truly admired and aspired to understand his vision and technique.

tgtaylor
15-Sep-2017, 11:33
If the link is representative of his work, I find the dark undertones too pervasive: Even the white piano has a skull sitting on it.

Thomas

arthur berger
15-Sep-2017, 13:14
Unfortunately it is difficult to appreciate the beautiful dark tones and the nuances of the light from that link. I was at the show at the Gitterman Gallery and the prints certainly didnt appear as dark or with so much blackness as they show on that web site. Oliver certainly liked darker tones and told me it was his Pyro developer that
made it possible to have so much separation in his darker tones. Having been a musician, Oliver compared the deep blacks to the bass notes.

tgtaylor
15-Sep-2017, 14:18
If he died 15 years ago at the age of 85, that would place his coming of age during the Great Depression and WWII - certainly a time of great uncertainty with the dark undertones that characterizes Film Noir which appeared in the '40's. I believe that many photographers from that period gravitated towards the "dark side."

Thomas

Merg Ross
15-Sep-2017, 14:46
Unfortunately it is difficult to appreciate the beautiful dark tones and the nuances of the light from that link. I was at the show at the Gitterman Gallery and the prints certainly didnt appear as dark or with so much blackness as they show on that web site. Oliver certainly liked darker tones and told me it was his Pyro developer that
made it possible to have so much separation in his darker tones. Having been a musician, Oliver compared the deep blacks to the bass notes.

Thanks for the clarification. When I linked his photographs to the Gitterman Gallery, my thought was that they appeared much darker than Oliver printed. His originals have a real glow to them, with depth to the blacks.

The last time I saw Oliver was in 2000 at a gallery south of Market St. in San Francisco. Perhaps you were there. It was an exhibition and gathering of his former colleagues in the Visual Dialogue Foundation. Jack Welpott, Don Worth and Leland Rice were there with their work displayed on the walls; what a treat!

mdm
15-Sep-2017, 16:27
Thanks, amazing work. The way he feels space, and even finds a sense of space and light in abstract subjects is very interesting.

Andrew O'Neill
15-Sep-2017, 17:27
Very nice work, indeed.

lab black
15-Sep-2017, 18:25
In addition to Oliver being an exceptionally talented artist, he was also a uniquely kind person.

Luis-F-S
15-Sep-2017, 18:45
Oliver always wanted to be a musician. However he lost part of his hearing in the war which made that path impossible. He found in photography many of the qualities he found in music. When he saw a Paul Strand show in San Francisco he was hooked. I got to know him through one of his workshops in Virginia City and own some of his photographs. He was a great photographer and a great human being!

tgtaylor
15-Sep-2017, 21:02
I believe that I ran into him at Welte's tavern back in the , '80's when I lived in South San Francisco.

Thomas