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BIOGRAPHY

Wynn Bullock (1902-1975) was born in Chicago and raised in South Pasadena, California. His boyhood passions were athletics and singing. The latter became his first career, and it was not until he was giving concerts in Europe in the mid-1920s that he became intrigued with the visual arts. He bought himself a simple camera and began taking pictures. Photography remained a hobby, however, until 1938 when he enrolled in the Los Angeles Art Center School. There he concentrated his efforts in experimental imagery. Three years later, his work was showcased in one of the early solo photography exhibitions at the L.A. County Museum of Art.

Shortly after World War II, Wynn moved his family to the Monterey Peninsula where he had obtained the photographic concession at Fort Ord. Although Wynn earned a good living as a commercial photographer, it was in his personal work that he found his greatest fulfillment.

A major turning point in Wynn’s life as an artist occurred in 1948 when he met Edward Weston and was inspired to pursue new avenues of photographic exploration and expression. Throughout the decade of the 50s, Wynn devoted himself to establishing deep, direct connections with nature in and around the Central Coast of California. A lifelong learner, he also read widely in the areas of theoretical physics, General Semantics, philosophy, psychology, eastern spirituality, and art. Studying the work of such people as Albert Einstein, Lao Tzu, and Paul Klee, he kept evolving his own dynamic system of principles and concepts that both reflected and nurtured his creative journey. In the mid-1950s, two of his photographs were included in the famous Family of Man exhibition and his reputation as a master photographer spread worldwide.

Between 1959 and 1965, Wynn departed from black and white imagery and produced a body of work he referred to as “color light abstractions.” For him, these photographs represented an in-depth exploration of the phenomenon of light, manifesting his belief that light is a great force at the heart of all being, “perhaps,” as he said, “the most profound truth in the universe.”

By the mid-60s, Wynn was ready to explore the mysteries of light and life from new perspectives. Developing the means to visually manifest the dynamic qualities of time through long time exposures and multiple images became a key aspect of his work. This was followed by a relatively brief period of imagery similar in feeling and power to the quiet essence of Haiku poetry.

At the end of the 1960s, Wynn embarked on what was to become the last leg of his creative journey. Although he included upside-down and negative printing in his repertoire of techniques, it was not their unusual effects that interested him. What was important was how they served to symbolize new ways of relating to and knowing the world. Many of his photographs from this period reveal light emanating from within the heart of things, life glowing and pulsing with energy and vitality. Other photographs are of natural forms that depict or suggest universal human qualities, humanity “deeply embedded in” and re-united with nature.

Shortly before his death in 1975, Wynn became one of the five founding artists whose archives established the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. His work is also featured in the permanent collections of over ninety other institutions throughout the world as well as in three films and numerous publications.

Family: Wynn married Mary Elizabeth McCarty in 1925; the marriage ended in divorce in 1941. They had two children: Mary Wynne (Mimi) (1930 − 2010) and George (1935 – 1942). He married Edna Jeanette Earle in 1943 and they had two daughters: Barbara Ann (1945 −) and Lynne Marie (1953 −). Mimi, Edna, Barbara, and Lynne each appear in images made during the 1950s. In 1976, a year after Wynn died, Edna took up photography and enjoyed a twenty-year career as an artist before she died in 1997. Barbara formed collaborative relationships with both her parents during their lifetimes and has written extensively on their work. Since 2001, she has served as the managing member of Bullock Family Photography LLC. Until the end of 2015, the two other members of the LLC were Barbara’s husband Gene Bullock-Wilson as part of The Bullock-Wilson Trust and Lynne Harrington-Bullock as an individual member. Now Barbara, as the sole trustee of The Bullock-Wilson Trust, and Lynne are the only two members.

Education: Wynn took courses at Columbia University in 1925 and at the University of West Virginia in the mid-1930s. He attended and graduated from Art Center School in Los Angeles between 1938 and 1940. He was a lifelong student of philosophy, physics, general semantics, psychology, eastern spirituality, and art.

Influences: Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings stimulated Wynn’s initial interest in the visual arts. The photographs of Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy influenced his early experimental work as did Art Center School professor, Edward Kaminski. Although Wynn enjoyed close associations with Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, and other prominent west coast photographers, he said, “Theoretical scientists who probe the secrets of the universe and philosophers who seek answers to existence, as well as painters such as Paul Klee who find the thoughts of men of science compatible with art, influence me far more that most photographers.”

Some Noteworthy Accomplishments: Wynn obtained patents for a “Photographic Process for Producing a Line Image” in the United States (1948), Great Britain (1952), and Canada (1954). He was granted a second U.S. patent on the “Methods and Means for Matching Opposing Densities in Photographic Film” in 1957. In 1957, he was honored with a medal from the Salon of International Photography and, throughout the 1960s, he received several awards from various professional photographic organizations. In 1968, Wynn became a trustee and chairman of the exhibition committee during the formative years of Friends of Photography in Carmel, California. Along with Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer, he became part of the founding group of photographers whose archives established the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in 1975. Wynn taught advanced photography courses at the Institute of Design in Chicago during Aaron Siskind’s sabbatical and at San Francisco State College at the invitation of John Gutmann. He was a frequent guest instructor for the Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshops. Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, he lectured widely, led photographic workshops, and participated in many seminars and symposia on various topics and issues in photography.



Select Exhibitions:

2019
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ (both Wynn’s and Edna’s work)
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA (both Wynn’s and Edna’s work)
Independent Photographers Group, Pacific Grove, CA (Illustrated talk with display of contemporary fine art, limited edition prints)
Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
Radius Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA (joint show with Robert Strizich – 8th showing of Color Light Abstraction traveling exhibit)
SFO Museum, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA

2018
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ (both Wynn’s and Edna’s work)
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA (both Wynn’s and Edna’s work)
Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa (Revelations exhibition on tour – final venue)
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA
Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Photo Gallery International (PGI), Tokyo, Japan
Post Gallery, Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA (combination of contemporary fine art, Limited edition prints and signed original work)
Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

2017
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ (both Wynn’s and Edna’s work)
Art Libraries Society of North American, New Orleans, LA (Relativity: Wynn Bullock and Albert Einstein book exhibit)
AIPAD, New York, NY (Relativity…book exhibit)
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ (continuing from 2016)
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ (Revelations exhibition on tour)
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA (Wynn’s and Edna’s work)
CODEX Book Fair, Richmond, CA (Relativity…book exhibit)
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA
NCV, Houston, TX (continuing from 2016)
Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA (Relativity…book exhibit)
Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Society for Photographic Education, Orlando, FL (Relativity…book exhibit)
University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD (Revelations exhibition on tour)

2016
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ (continuing from 2015)
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Del Mesa Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA
Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR
NCV, Houston, TX
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ (continuing from 2015)
Scheinbaum and Russek Ltd., Santa Fe, NM
Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA (concurrent solo shows with Morley Baer)
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, CA

2015
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia (first solo exhibit in this country)
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
SFO Museum, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, CA (7th showing of Color Light Abstraction exhibit – selected prints to accompany black-and-white work)
Weston Gallery, Carmel, CA

2014
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN
Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College, UC Santa Cruz, CA (6th showing of Color Light Abstraction traveling exhibit)
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (landmark exhibit with major new monograph; black-and-white work and Color Light Abstractions)
Lumière Fine Art Photography Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Photo History Museum, Fujifilm Square, Tokyo, Japan
Science Museum, London, England
Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Special Collections and Archives, McHenry Library, UC Santa Cruz, CA (with wife Edna)

2013
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Family of Man Museum, Château de Clervaux, Clervaux, Luxembourg
Fondazione Fotografia, Ex Ospedale Sant’ Agostino, Modena, Italy
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Museum of Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka City, Japan
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (5th showing of Color Light Abstraction traveling exhibit)
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
2012
Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Lumiere Fine Art Photography Gallery, Atlanta, G
Monterey Museum of Art at La Mirada, Monterey, CA
Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL (4th showing of Color Light Abstraction traveling exhibit; major display of black-and-white work; wife Edna’s work featured in adjunct exhibit)
Weston Gallery, Carmel, CA

2011
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA
Spectrum Gallery, Fresno, CA (3rd showing of Color Light Abstraction traveling Exhibit)
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside, CA

2010
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2nd showing of Color Light Abstraction traveling exhibit)
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA (premiere of traveling exhibit dedicated to new prints of Wynn’s Color Light Abstractions)
Dali International Photo Festival, Yunnan Province, China
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
See+ Art Space/Gallery, Beijing, China (with Harold Feinstein; first Wynn Bullock exhibition in mainland China; both CLA and black & white images)

2009
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Del Mesa Clubhouse Gallery, Carmel, CA (1st show to display black & white work and contemporary CLA prints together)
Lumiere Fine Art Photography Gallery, Atlanta, GA, (three-person exhibition that introduced new CLA prints)
2008
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2007
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan

2006
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan

2005
Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY

2004
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2003
Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY

2002
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Pace/McGill Gallery, New York, NY
Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2001
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY

1999
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan

1998
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan

1996
G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1995
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

1994
Ansel Adams Gallery, Pebble Beach, CA
Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan

1993
Burden Gallery, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (with Edna)
Halsted Gallery, Birmingham, MI (with Edna)
Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (Edna’s work also included)
Photo Forum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Edna)
PhotoZone Gallery, Eugene OR (with Edna)
Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (Fotofeis 93 exhibit with Edna; Bullock show was lead exhibition of festival)

1992
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA

1990
Foto Galerie, Chinoteague, VA (with Edna)
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1989
Expo 90 Photo Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Shoto Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Photographic Center, Carmel, CA

1988
International Center for Photography, New York, NY
Galerie Le Réverbère Photographique, Lyon, France
Musée Saint Pierre, Lyon, France
Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan

1987
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (traveling exhibition)
Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA (with Edna)

1986
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan (with Edward Steichen)
Photography at Oregon Gallery, Eugene, OR (with Edna)
Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT (with Edna)

1985
Bank of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ
Barbican Art Gallery, London, England (traveling exhibition)
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan (with Ansel Adams and Edward Weston)
Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA (with Edna)

1984
Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (traveling exhibition)

1983
Ledel Galery, New York, NY (with Edna)
Montana Historical Society, Helena, MT (with Ansel Adams and Edward Weston)
Neikrug Gallery, New York, NY (with Edna)
Santa Fe Center for Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico (with Edna)

1982
Collector’s Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
Exposures Gallery, Libertyville, IL (with Edna)
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Jeb Gallery, Providence, RI (with Edna)
Photography West Gallery, Carmel, CA

1981
Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago, IL
Focus Gallery, San Francisco, CA (with Edna)
San Jose City College, San Jose, CA (with Edna)
Shadai Gallery, Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, Tokyo, Japan

1980
Collector’s Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA (with Edna)
Eclipse Gallery, Boulder, CO
International Center of Photography, New York, NY (traveling exhibition)
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Miami, FL
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan

1979
Cody’s Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Gilbert Gallery, Chicago, IL
Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

1978
Galerie Fiolet, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pallas Photographic Gallery, Chicago, IL
Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA
Tokyo Designers Space, Tokyo, Japan
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

1977
Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Photographers’ Gallery & Workshop, South Yarra, Australia
Silver Image Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1976
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Déjà Vu Gallery, Toronto, Canada
G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

1975
Center for Photographic Studies, Louisville, KY
de Saisset Art Gallery, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA (part of memorial celebration of Wynn’s life; featured 20 original CLA prints)
Royal Photographic Society, London, England
Shadai Gallery, Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, Tokyo, Japan
Shado Gallery, Oregon City, OR
Shunju Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England (traveling exhibition)

1974
Bucharest International Fair, Bucharest, Romania
Focus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Galerie du Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France
Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1973
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France
Edison University, Salt Lake City, Utah
Light Gallery, New York, NY
Focus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Galerie Lichttropfen, Aachen, West Germany (9 American photographers, including Andre Kertesz, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White)
Museo Civico di Torino, Turin, Italy
Ohio University, Athens, OH
Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA (with Ansel Adams and Edward Weston)
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

1972
de Saisset Gallery and Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA (1st show to display significant set of original CLA prints, along with set of black and white photographs; CLA prints donated to museum after show)
Eikon Gallery, Monterey, CA
Limited Image Gallery, Chicago, IL
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
North Shore Community College, Beverly, MA
Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Rockford Art Association, Rockford, IL
Shado Gallery, Oregon City, OR
United States Information Agency, Washington, D.C. (solo traveling exhibition, including venues in Reykjavik, London, Paris, Bonn, Ankara, Jidda, and Tunis)

1971
Bathhouse Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Department of Art, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA
Hiram College, Hiram, OH
Light Gallery, New York, NY
Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD
Moorehead State College, Moorehead, MN
Museum of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
The 831 Gallery, Birmingham, MI
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

1970
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TX
Central Missouri State University, Warrenshburg, CO
Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, CO
de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
Ferris State College, Big Rapids, WI
Long Island University, Greenville, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Rice University, Houston, TX
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

1969
de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
Institute of Design, Chicago, IL
Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
University of the South, Sewanee, TN
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Witkin Gallery, New York, NY

1968
Camera Work Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
Canton Jewish Center, Canton, OH
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Exchange National Bank, Chicago, IL
Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA
Melrose Library, Melrose, MA
Pacific Grove Art Museum, Pacific Grove, CA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Riverside College, Riverside, CA
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
University of St. Thomas Media Center, Houston, TX

1967
Focus Gallery, San Francisco, CA (co-sponsored by Oakland Art Museum)
Jacksonville Museum of Art, Jacksonville, FL
Reed College, Portland, OR

1966
Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH
Foothill College, Los Altos, CA

1965
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

1964
Coast Gallery, Big Sur, CA (with Walter Chappell)
George Eastman House Museum at the New York State Exposition, Syracuse, N
State University College, Buffalo, NY
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

1963
Fresno State College, Fresno, CA
Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
IV Mostra Biennale Internazionale della Fotografia, Venice, Italy
Toren Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Tucson Art Center, Tucson, AZ

1962
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston, MA
Cheney Cowles Memorial Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (“Towards Abstraction” slide exhibit)
Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Photo-Ciné Club du Val de Bièvre, Paris, France
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Schuman Gallery, Rochester, NY
Terrain Gallery, New York, NY

1961
Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France
Fine Arts Galerie Pierre Vanderborght, Brussels, Belgium
Icon Gallery, Venice, CA
Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France
Kalamazoo Art Center, Kalamazoo, MI (with Aaron Siskind and David Vestal)
Venice Festival of Arts, Venice, Italy

1960
Art Center of Northern New Jersey, Englewood, NJ
Gateway Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
Iris Photographic Association, Antwerp, Belgium
Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, FL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

1959
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Gull Pacific Arts Gallery, Richmond, CA
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Limelight Gallery, New York, NY
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

1958
Art Center of Czechoslovakia, Prague, Czechoslovakia
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
State School of Arts and Crafts. Saarbrücken, Germany

1957
Oakland Public Museum, Oakland, CA
Photo-Cine-Club du Val de Bièvre, Paris, France
Photographia de Assouacao dos Yelhos, Pietermaritzburg and Lourenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa [Mozambique]
The Johannesburg Photographic and Cine Society, Johannesburg, South Africa (also Cape Town, Durban, and East London, South Africa; and Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia [Zimbabwe])
1956
Cherry Foundation Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Kurland Art Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

1955
Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, CA
Limelight Gallery, New York, NY
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Paris, France
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (The Family of Man exhibition which traveled to 38 countries around the world; now permanently installed at Château de Clervaux, Clervaux, Luxembourg)
1954
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
State School of Arts and Crafts, Saarbrücken, Germany
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1947
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
1941
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (first solo show)


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Statement by Wynn Bullock – 1973

Science substantiates the fact that matter is made up of different particles, or quantums, of light. Everything that we perceive is a manifestation of some kind of light or radiant energy. When I began to examine this truth in terms of my perception by means of light, I realized that an object is seen only by the light it reflects, transmits or refracts. Such light is not the light of the object, but rather the light the object rejects, which we call “positive” in photography. The light that is the object we call “negative”.

I am not about to tell everyone: “Well now, we are all going to see everything ‘negative’ because we can’t fool around with this nonsense of ‘positive’ seeing.” That would be idiotic. Positive seeing is a perfectly valid form of perception as long as you know the truth of it. Most people don’t know the truth of the inner radiant experience, but they know the truth of the reflected experience – they call the thing real simply because they see it in that way.

Now, how do you symbolize this other reality when working with light and photography? When you begin, you do not forget the disciplines that you have known before. The spatial relationships are just as important in the negative print as they are in the positive. The event is just as important, but you are now dealing with a new and more mysterious event. You are trying to find symbols to evoke a sense of the fact that a thing, its substance, is really of the light, or energy, that you do not see. The negative image takes away the familiar character of surface reality and makes you begin to think more of inner reality. You are anchored then in the more mysterious reality of what actually IS the thing; so why not admit it and symbolize it in the way.

The work of the last two years is more archetypal than my previous work. I think that it comes from a source that I feel deeply, that I myself can’t rationalize and have no particular urge to rationalize. I just feel it. I’m still exercising the disciplines that I’ve given myself in terms of how I spatially arrange, events, use tones, and so on. Therefore I can let myself go in this new way. I feel that I’m getting nearer to some of the things that I never understood about myself and the world about me. Many of those things relate symbolically to some of the deepest things in life: birth, death, order – the universals. These are Everyman’s – not just the way in which I see them personally, but perceivable by all of us.

Wynn Bullock