Clifford Oliver was born and raised in New York City. He first became enamored with photography while flipping through newspapers and magazines. He picked up his first serious camera while serving in the U. S. Navy, as a reconnaissance technician developing negatives.
Essentially self-taught, Oliver returned to the states where he photographed medical procedures at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. This is where Oliver’s wide-ranging interests in various subjects blossomed.
He pointed his camera towards dancers, dogs, horses, and Native and African-Americans. This led him to rural New York where he has lived and worked the past 35 years.
While upstate, he held a staff position as a photographer with Upstate Medical Center and New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Throughout, he continued to pursue his own interests in his favorite subjects. Today, Oliver lives and works in Greenwich, N.Y., where he is known for everything from portraits to polo.
A recipient of numerous awards from Kodak and Oriental Paper, he has been recently awarded purchase prizes from the Albany Institute of History and Art for works in his Encounters with Abolitionists series (originally funded by the NYS Council on the Arts and LARAC). His works have appeared at the National Museum of Racing, Javitts Federal Bldg., Epcot Center, the National Museum of Dance, Schenectady Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum