Photos by R. E. (Gari) Olund

Several years ago, I was visiting a thrift store and saw a box full of black and white photos. After looking through the photos, I purchased all 31 of them. This gallery displays a few of the photos. The photos were taken by MSgt. R.E. (Gari) Olund, USMC. Most of the images were taken between 1950 and 1955. The earliest of the photos were taken in 1948 and were most likely among the first of Olund's photos exhibited at the Retlaw Camera Club, San Francisco, CA.

The camera Orlund most often used for the photographs was a Linhof Techinka III (4x5), although he also used an Ikoflex medium format camera. The photographs were printed on a variety of papers. The wonderful paper texture can be see in some of the photos. Olund used a "G" filter for many of his images. For this gallery, I have used Photoshop's "Black & White" adjustment for all images.


The photos below are best viewed on a large monitor. The default image size for this gallery is 1000 pixels—although you can view scaled-down images on smaller monitors, phones, and tablets. The largest of the original prints is 13x16 inches. You can use your browser's "zoom in" feature to magnify the photos.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I have.

Joshua's Monument, Mojave Desert, California, 1955

Wonju, Korea, February, 1952

Typewriter Fantasy

Russian Hill, San Francisco, California, 1950

Royce Tivel