Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Edna Bullock photographs
Collection number: MS 325
Collection Size: 5 flats
University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library.
Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: Selected black and white photographs taken by
Edna Bullock, 1976-1994.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages represented in the collection: English
Collection open for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary
rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For
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Special Collections and Archives.
Edna Bullock photographs. MS 325. Special Collections and Archives,
University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Edna Bullock (May 20, 1915 - December 13, 1997) was born and raised in
Hollister, California. Her father was chief of police and her mother a
seamstress. An active child, Edna had a passion for dance and physical activity which engaged her throughout her life.
After earning degrees from University of California Los Angeles and
University of California Berkeley, she taught physical education at Fresno High
School from 1940-1943. She established a dance program and choreographed the
"Sleeping Beauty Ballet."
In the fall of 1942, she met budding photographer Wynn Bullock, then a
sergeant in the U.S. Army. The two were married on February 13, 1943. For the
next 15 years, Edna devoted herself to being a full-time helpmate and mother,
raising two daughters, Barbara and Lynn, and step daughter, Mimi.
Edna supported Wynn's career as a commercial and creative photographer by taking the role of his personal secretary and assistant.
She managed the photographic
concession on two military bases at Camp Cook in Santa Maria, and at Fort Ord
on the Monterey Peninsula.
Edna began her own career in photography at the age of 61, in 1976, a
year after Wynn died. In an amazingly short time, friends such as Ansel Adams,
Brett Weston, Morley Baer, Al Weber, and Ruth Bernhard witnessed her evolution
from student to fellow exhibitor.
An exceptionally prolific artist for two decades, Edna produced a wide
variety of black and white imagery, including a series on landscapes,
seascapes, nudes, and creative ephemera, such as flea markets.
Edna's Nudes, released on her 80th birthday reflects her
dancer's eye and her intuitive, direct, and humorous character.
Edna's images were displayed in over 100 individual and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her final exhibition,
"Edna's Portraits" spanned the entire range of her
artistry and was the culmination of her short photographic career.
Biography excerpted from
The Bullock-Wilson Trust Photography Archive
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection contains 57 black and white photographs taken and
processed by Edna Bullock between the years 1976 and 1994.
Photographs are arranged chronologically by date.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.