Bullock Wynn

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Wynn Bullock (1902-1975) was born on April 18, 1902, in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from college, Bullock worked as a professional singer in New York and toured Europe. In 1938 he moved to Los Angeles and entered law school, which he soon dropped out to pursue photography. Upon entering the School of Fine Arts, Bullock began to take an active interest in photographic processes such as solarization and bas-relief techniques. He soon took on various commercial photographic orders.

After serving in the army, Bullock continues to explore the possibilities of photography, develops a unique way to control the solarization process, and even patents his discovery. After meeting Edward Weston in 1948, Bullock became interested in «straight» photography. Throughout the 1950s, he explored the natural world using the technology he found. His exhibitions are held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Crocor en Gallery in Washington. In the 1960s, Bullock mastered new experiments with colour and created a series of abstract colour images, after which he returned to black and white experimental photography, which he continued to practice until the end of his life.

Ball Oka’s photographs gained early recognition, with his first solo exhibition opening in 1941 at the Los Angeles Museum of Fine Arts. Then his later works were exhibited at such institutions as the National Library of Paris, the Royal Photographic Society in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute in Chicago and many others. Bullock’s archives became the basis for the collection of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, which owns one of the most significant photographic collections in the world. Despite his recognition during his lifetime, the real scale and magnitude of Bullock’s legacy were only appreciated in 2014, when the High Museum of Art in Atlanta opened his first retrospective exhibition in forty years. Bullock’s works are in more than 90 major museum institutions around the world.


The Beauty of Lines. Masterpieces from the Gilman and González-Falla collection, Fundacion Foto Colectania, Barcelona

Wynn Bullock. Revelations, CCP Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona
Terre di Uomini. Fondazione Fotografia – Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena

Wynn Bullock. Immersion, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

Wynn Bullock. Revelations, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Treasures: the art of collecting, QCP Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane
Thoughts of the Forest – Photographs by Wynn Bullock, Takeshi
Shikama and Manabu Miyazaki, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato

In Focus: Picturing Landscape. The J. Paul Getty Museum, LA, California

Creative Continuum: The History of the Center for Creative Photography, CCP Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona
RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY ACQUISITIONS, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
Seismic Shift, UCR / California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

The View from Here. part of the 75th-anniversary celebration, SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Making a Photograph. Iconic Images and Their Origins, CCP Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

Wynn Bullock. Let There Be Light, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato

Iconos: La mejor fotografía y cine de la George Eastman House, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Santiago de Compostela colección fotográfica, MAM Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico

In the Center of Things: A Tribute to Harold Jones, CCP Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona
American Photographs from 1900 to 1970, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama

The Family of Man, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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