Barret Spencer Oliver

Barret Oliver left Acting to Pursue Another Job. What Happened to Him?

Many people aspire to be actors or actresses and have a successful career in the entertainment industry. They even give up other professional opportunities to do so. In the case of Barret Spencer Oliver, however, the situation is exactly the opposite.

Despite beginning his career as a child performer, he finally left the performing industry to seek a different career path.

Oliver is a Photographer and a Painter

Following his exit from the entertainment world in 1989, Oliver began to study photography.

Stephen Berkman taught him the 19th Century Wet-Plate process, and he studied with photographers such as Cole Weston and George Tice.

The former actor eventually became a master of antique photographic processes after years of study.

He investigated the intersections of many nineteenth-century photography styles utilizing diverse historic/pre-industrial technology.

During his exploration, he executed a Wet-Plate technique in Ireland and Romania for a Guinness commercial and the motion picture Cold Mountain.

The multi-talented artist participated in classes and demonstrations as well as wrote photography articles.

He also worked at the Getty Conservation Institute, where he cataloged nineteenth-century printing technologies through re-creation and scientific investigation. His efforts resulted in the first-ever documenting of several obscure and major advances in graphic technology.

His prints have appeared in several gallery/museum exhibitions, books, and film pictures.

Oliver even wrote a book called ‘A History of the Woodburytype,’ which was the first scholarly examination of significant printing techniques and the photomechanical industry.

Barret Spencer Oliver photographer and a painter
Barret Spencer Oliver photographer and a painter (Source: Pinterest)

Uses Antiquated Photographic Techniques

Oliver specializes in hand-crafted prints using ancient photographic technologies. He said in an interview with Photoculture that he chose to print images using nineteenth-century processes owing to their scarcity.

The photographer also claimed that he grew interested in the art after learning that decent printing materials might be difficult to come by in the future. This was around 2005 when the digital revolution had not yet caught up. As a result of the requirement for greater printing quality, he created his printing paper, which led to the development of collodion film.

Since then, the Neverending Story actor has worked as a picture printer, photographer, and historian of photography technology.

Barret Spencer Oliver
Barret Spencer Oliver
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Oliver’s Brief Work Experience in the Entertainment Industry

The contemporary artist began his acting career as a child. In 1981, he made his television debut in the series The Incredible Hulk. The next year, he played Q.P. Circle in the television film The Circle Family. He proceeded to appear in films and television shows such as Love, Sidney, Highway to Heaven, and Frankenweenie.

In 1984, he received his first major role as Bastian in The Neverending Story.

The following year was a major one for him because he was in three projects: D.A.R.Y.L, Cocoon, and Tall Tales & Legends. Following that, he appeared in The Twilight Zone, The Secret Garden, Hooperman, and Cocoon: The Return.

In 1989, the actor made his final appearance in the entertainment world.

In the comedic film Scenes from a Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, he played Willie Saravanan.

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