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Oliver Galiani, 1917-2002. (News)

Academic journal article Afterimage

Oliver Galiani, 1917-2002. (News)

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Oliver Galiani died on November 20, 2002, in Burligame, California at the age of 85.

A master craftsman and a photographer's photographer, Gagliani had been photographing for over 50 years and had a strong attraction to the ghost towns of Virginia City and Bodie, Nevada. He magically transformed deteriorating windows, doors, walls and buildings into images resonating with mystery and light.

Born in Placerville, California, where his maternal grandparents were forty-niners, Gagliani grew up in the Italian community of San Francisco. He studied the violin as a child and attended San Francisco State College where he had planned to become a composer. World War II interrupted his education. In 1945 he saw the Paul Strand Retrospective, 1916-1945 at the San Francisco Museum of Art, an experience that convinced him that photography could also be an art form.

Although mainly self-taught, Gagliani studled briefly with Ansel Adams and Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts and then with Ruth Bernhard. While working as a draftsman for the U.S. Navy, he attended graduate school and was one of the first M.F.A. degree graduates in photography at the California State College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. …

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