Oliver Gagliani (1917–2002) was a master of large format photography. His darkroom work and proficiency of the Zone System great skill and technique. In 1945, Gagliani viewed a retrospective of the work of Paul Strand at the San Francisco Museum of Art. From this point on, Gagliani saw photography as a fine art and began his journey of being mostly a self-taught photographer. Gagliani studied under and worked with some of the most influential photographers of the 20th century including, Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Minor White, Paul Caponigro, Cole Weston and Paul Strand. In his later years he conducted photographic workshops in Virginia City, Nevada.