Two Buddies

Milton's photo, me subject

New material gathered about Milton Oleaga’s roots

Sept 18, 2018

mickey (Michele) morgan, above c.1971, performed in the Harkness Ballet of New York in the early 70s. Oleaga would come to dance classes . . . especially Luigi’s Jazz . . . and would photograph a little, then dance a little. ms. morgan was very taken with Luigi’s Jazz, and so was often photographed by Milton in the early 70s.

Milton passed on July 30, 2013, 4 days before his 84th birthday. I hope, by exposing as many of his photos as I can, and as I promised, is my sad goodbye to a dear friend.
The variety of subject matter in this blog covers Milton’s creativity of a complete story with each:

Day-fishing off Sheepshead Bay books, spiral bound, with about 50 photos complete with ongoing recorded commentary; hundreds of 60s and 70s NYC Broadway Gypsy headshots, hundreds of NYC surreptitiously-taken street scenes of the 70s.

There is a remarkable book of self-portraits beginning at c. 22 years old to 65 years old.
There are about 150 more dance photographs of major NYC companies: ABT, Joffrey, Martha Graham Co., Jose Limon, et. al.

For any scholars, especially dance scholars, please see the huge collection of his best dance shots at NYC’s Library of Performing Arts.

Especial blessings to photographer Jan LaSalle Jeffryes ( and composer/pianist Jai Jeffryes ( who are credited with giving Milton a nurturing death process. Jan has always considered Milton her photographic mentor for nearly half a century.

Scan 65

One of Milton’s infamous self-portraits . . . decades before “selfies”

Milton was intrigued with his heritage . . . that of a Spanish Basque. And as he’s watching me over my shoulder, I’m relieved to have found this great mystery of the ancient ones.

See Ancient Bloodlines and Antediluvian Civilizations – ROBERT SEPEHR