Otto John Gaul

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Otto John Gaul (American, 1891-1966) was a photographer from Buffalo, New York, born in Missouri in 1891. He was employed by S. S. Kresge Company in Buffalo, New York in the 1920’s and 1930’s. When he was twelve, he became interested in photography and during his college years, he did part-time portraiture. During World War I, he served as an aerial and topographical photographer abroad. He exhibited photographs at the Grosvenor Library in Buffalo in November, 1930, and was one of the charter members of the Photographers Society of America founded in 1934. He died in 1966 in Los Angeles, CA.

"Gaul likes to take his pictures in the early morning and late afternoon. The shadows and planes of light are at their best then – and he is fascinated with shadow composition in his work....His own prints illustrate this to a great degree. The graduation of blacks and whites and greys is so subtle and delicate that the color illusion is carried out with perfect artistry." – From: Town Tidings (Buffalo), Pg. 14, Vol. IV, No. XII, December, 1930.

(Sources:, brief biographical information, “Artists: Otto John Gaul”;, “About US: History of PSA: Charter Members”; Brief biographical information from, The Photo-Pictorialists of Buffalo, By Anthony Bannon, Pg. 91, Media Study/Buffalo, on the occasion of a traveling exhibit organized by the Albright Knox Art Gallery in cooperation with the Media Study/Buffalo and co-curated by Anthony Bannon, and Douglas G. Schultz from 1981-82, Published 1981.)