The Bob Paluzzi Panoramic Photographs (1978-2005) contain the work of photographer Robert "Bob" Paluzzi. Paluzzi began documenting local events and locations in Las Vegas, Nevada during the mid-1970s and continued photographing locations across the United States and internationally until 2005. The collection contains original photographic negatives (black-and-white and color) and photographic prints that depict sporting events and places throughout Las Vegas and the surrounding region. Additional locations include cities across the United States, and international locations including Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; and London, England. A number of the images are from major sporting events that took place outside Las Vegas, such as Super Bowls XIV to XXXIX and Major League Baseball World Series games.
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Scope and Contents Note
The Bob Paluzzi Panoramic Photographs (1978-2005) contain the work of photographer Robert "Bob" Paluzzi. Paluzzi began documenting local events and locations in Las Vegas, Nevada during the mid-1970s and continued photographing locations across the United States and internationally until 2005. He used a Cirkut camera to create large format panorama images, a commercial technique first introduced in the early 1900s. The collection contains original photographic negatives (black-and-white and color) and photographic prints. Paluzzi used two different models of the Cirkut camera, 8-inch and 10-inch, to create the negatives contained in this collection. The photographs depict events and places in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region, locations across the United States, and international locations. Drawn to the big events of the day, Paluzzi photographed World Championship Boxing at Caesars Palace with names like Sugar Ray Leonard, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, and Mohammad Ali. He also traveled across the United States and internationally, documenting well-known locations including Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York; Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium. The entire collection exists as digital files.
Due to the fragile nature of collection material, negatives may only be handled by UNLV Special Collections and Archives staff. Digital files are open for research; please contact UNLV Special Collections and Archives for additional information.
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These materials are organized into two series:
Series I. Nevada locations, approximately 1978-1989;
Series II. Locations outside Nevada, 1978-2005.
Biographical / Historical Note
Robert "Bob" J. Paluzzi extensively documented Las Vegas, Nevada, the surrounding region, and international locations from the late-1970s to mid-1980s using a Cirkut camera.
Bob Paluzzi was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania February 9, 1920. The son of Lorenzo and Vittoria Paluzzi, Bob Paluzzi was a first-generation American and veteran of World War II. Paluzzi met his first wife, Margaret, during World War II, and the couple had four children: Victoria, Thomas, Mathew, and Lawrence. The couple briefly visited Las Vegas, Nevada in the late 1940s, but did not return to live there until 1964 when Paluzzi began working for Caesars Palace coordinating conventions and events for the company. Margaret passed away in 1967. Once he discovered photography in the 1970s after organizing a Professional Photographers of America convention, it quickly became a hobby that took him across the country and internationally, documenting Pope John Paul II at the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes in France.
Paluzzi retired in 1985 from Caesars Palace after over twenty years of sales work for the company. He married Charlotte Rosan Paluzzi in 1987 and the couple lived in Southern California, dividing their time between homes in Los Angeles, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, and Indian Wells. He passed away November 3, 2006.
"Robert J. Paluzzi obituary" Legacy.com. Accessed March 5, 2021. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/robert-paluzzi-obituary?pid=142068795
Robert Paluzzi oral history interview, 2006 September 05. OH-01427. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bob Paluzzi Panoramic Photographs, 1978-2005. PH-00414. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were donated in 2019 by Victoria and Mathew Paluzzi; accession number 2019-065.
Processing and digitization was funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. In 2021, Amy Check rehoused and arranged the collection material. Aaron Mayes and Amy Check digitally captured the collection materials, and Sarah Jones wrote the finding aid and processed the digital files. Digitization of the collection was completed using an 11-inch x 14-inch anti-newton ring glass negative carrier and a PhaseOne Rapid Capture system with an IQ180 80 megapixel digital back and a 72mm Schneider Kreuznach lens. Individual negatives were captured in sections and stitched together electronically using Adobe Photoshop 2021 or Autopano Giga 4.2 software. All negatives were captured at 600ppi at the size of the negative, while medium and large sized photographic prints were captured at 600ppi and 300ppi, respectively. Negatives were color corrected to basic standards and received minimal editing to ensure the closest representation to the condition of the original. Automated editing such as removing dust and scratches or restoration efforts were avoided in order to maintain accurate representation of how the materials appeared at the time of digitization. Likewise, prints and printed material were captured to represent their current condition and no adjustments were made to electronically restore the materials. All digital images were saved as non-compression TIFF archival files and converted to JPG for access.