Wynn Bullock at CCP (Famous Works)


Wynn Bullock (1902 – 1975) was born in Chicago and raised in South Pasadena, California. In the mid-1920s, while performing as a singer in Europe, he became fascinated with artworks by Cezanne, Man Ray, and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. Deeply inspired by fellow photographer Edward Weston, who he met in 1948, and Weston’s work motivated him to investigate straight photography. Bullock’s straight photographic work came into the public spotlight when Museum of Modern Art curator Edward Steichen chose two of his photographs for the 1955 Family of Man exhibition. Bullock gave up straight B&W photography in the 1960s to concentrate exclusively and obsessively on experimental abstract photographic work. The title image of this post is “Photogram” (1970).

Wynn Bullock’s photogram self portrait (1973)


In my past studies at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, I was privileged to be allowed to study the large-format film negative and Bullock’s darkroom printing notes that were used to make “Stark Tree” (1956)


Bullock was one of the founding photographers whose archives established the Center for Creative Photography in 1975. The Bullock collection consists of 223 prints and 90 linear feet of archival materials, including personal papers, diaries, correspondence, activity files, audio-visual and photographic materials.

The exhibit, “WYNN BULLOCK: REVELATIONS” is on view at the Center for Creative Photography from Saturday, May 13, 2017 until  Saturday, November 25, 2017

 More info in an interview with Brett Abbottt can be found at: Modern Art Notes Podcasts

A major retrospective of Wynn Bullock’s work, curated by Brett Abbott, was on view through January 18, 2015 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.