Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Oliver, William John[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1887 - 1954  (66 years)


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  • Name Oliver, William John 
    Born 28 Jul 1887  Ash, Kent, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1911-early 1940s  Calgary, AB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1920s-1930s  BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 19 Apr 1954  Calgary, AB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I635  Camera Workers | O, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Photojournalist; Commercial; Cinematographer.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Oliver began his photographic career with Calgary photographer Frederick B. Cooper, then worked for about a year as a newspaper photographer for the Morning Albertan (1911-1912), following which he opened his first studio in the basement of a house he lived in at 314 - 7th Avenue East. He later landed work with the Calgary Herald and was much in demand as an outdoor photographer.

      W.J. Oliver took up cinematography during the late 1910s. He was associated with Fox Movietone News and also produced an impressive series of films for the federal Parks Branch in the 1920s and 1930s. Jameson's biography thoroughly documents his varied career.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: Print surface may be captioned, numbered and marked " Oliver" or "Oliver Studio".

  • Sources 
    1. [S48] COLLECTION: ACG.
      Negatives

    2. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.
      Video copies of films

    3. [S152] COLLECTION: OOA.
      Prints and films/videos, National Parks collection

    4. [S314] Jameson (1984), Sheilagh S. Jameson, (Calgary: Glenbow Museum, 1984).

    5. [S232] Alberta Between the Wars (Web site), Fortney, Sharon and Bleach, Sarah J., (Calgary: Glenbow Museum, 1998).