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Norman E. Riley Papers and Photographs
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Norman E. Riley Papers and Photographs
    Dates: 1982-2004
    Collection Number: D-550
    Creator/Collector: Norman E. Riley
    Extent: 2.4 linear ft.
    Repository: UC Davis. Special Collections
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Abstract: The collection includes negatives and prints from the photographer Norman E. Riley.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Norman E. Riley Papers and Photographs. UC Davis. Special Collections

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Norman E. Riley

    Biography/Administrative History

    Norman Edward Riley was born in Munich, Germany on January 11, 1954. He graduated from UC Davis in 1978, majoring in Environmental Toxicology. He worked for the State of California for 25 years, during this time Riley took up the 35mm camera and, through book-reading and practice, taught himself the principles and techniques of photography. He worked initially in the pictorial style and focused mainly on portraiture but also spent a considerable amount of time shooting scenes in and around both Davis, California and Sacramento, California In 1984 he advanced to large format work and thereafter, working in the f/64 style, concentrated on architectural studies and landscapes primarily in the Western United States and in Europe. From 2006 to 2011, Riley turned almost exclusively to still life work in which he combined things living or derived from living things with bits and pieces of scrap metal to produce unique sculptures which he then photographed. His work has appeared in various publications (e.g., the German periodical “Fine Art Foto,” and the American magazine “View Camera”). In 2011, samples of his still life photographs were included in the permanent collections of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in San Luis Obispo, California and the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington. His first book, titled “Prophet Theory” will be published in 2013.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of small, medium, and large format negatives - and selected silver gelatin prints from those film negatives. The collection is divided into six parts. Parts 1 and 2 have been received. Other parts will be delivered in the future

    Indexing Terms

    Davis (Calif.) - Pictorial works
    Sacramento (Calif.) - Pictorial works
    Riley, Norman E., 1954-

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