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Romero Olivas (Enrique) Photograph and Painting Collection
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  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
    Title: Enrique Romero Olivas Photograph and Painting Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: TBC.ERP
    Physical Description: 2 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1968-1994
    Abstract: Enrique Romero Olivas was a Mexican photographer and painter who worked in Ensenada, Baja California. He captured portraits of the community at his studio, Estudios Ensenada, where he also sold works in oil, watercolor, sepia, and china. He often traveled to clients' homes and to other communities in Baja California to pursue more subjects and to continue developing his extensive client base. His technique employed vibrant or soft colors, such as using pastels in paintings. Photographs, negatives, and paintings are included in the collection. The dates on images range from 1968 to 1994, with a majority created in the 1980s to the mid-1990s.
    Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian

    Scope and Contents

    The Enrique Romero Olivas Photograph and Painting Collection consists of portraits and photographed celebrations of the community living in Ensenada and other locations around northern Baja California. The collection includes color photographs, color negatives, and canvas or wood paintings of such subjects as babies, children, birthdays, quinceañeras, adults, couples, weddings, sports teams, social groups, bands, and work crews. Portraits of babies and children are prominently featured. The photographs were either taken at Romero Olivas's Estudios Ensenadas at the address of Callejon Rio Seco No. 1176, or off-site at clients' homes, schools, outdoors, or other locations.
    Based on dates written on notations and receipts found with some of the images, the time period documented is from 1968 to 1994. There is little description that accompanied most of the materials; therefore, personal details of the subject, date, and location for each image are sparse. However, some images originally arrived enclosed in small envelopes. These bear some description in Spanish, including pricing, names, dates, and/or requested image size by client. These envelopes have been retained and are placed near the images in the collection. Although the collection is not a complete representation of the body of work created by Enrique Romero Olivas, who was born in 1934 and died in 2006, it offers a snapshot of the artist's production and his diverse clientele from the 1980s to the mid-1990s, and particularly showcases his portraits of babies and children.
    The collection is arranged into three series: Photographs, (1968-1994), Negatives, (ca. 1980-1995), and Paintings, (Undated).
    Series I, Photographs, consists of over 800 printed color photographs. It includes a wide range of portraits, especially images of babies and children. Some photographs are paired with envelopes they were previously stored in. Each envelope and its contents are kept together as a unit and are separated by tan-colored dividers.
    Series II, Negatives, consists of over 7,000 color negatives. It includes a wide range of portraits, especially images of babies, children, and adults. Some negatives are paired with envelopes they were previously stored in. Each envelope and its contents are kept together as a unit and are separated by paper.
    Series III, Paintings, consists of 14 paintings, including 13 pastel paintings on canvas and one painting on wood. Portraits of adults, couples, and families are seen in this series.


    Series I: Photographs, 1968-1994
    Series II: Negatives, ca. 1980-1994
    Series III: Paintings, undated

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Processing Information

    Elizabeth Peattie, 2022

    Subjects and Indexing Terms