Edna Bullock Photographs MS.325
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz 95064
updated in 2018 to include Accn. 2018.006
Language of Material:
University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: Edna Bullock photographs
Identifier/Call Number: MS.325
2.5 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1976-1994
Abstract: Selected black and white photographs taken by Edna Bullock, 1976-1994.
Physical Location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Collection open for research.
Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained
by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use
for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions,
and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit
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
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
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
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.
Related Archival Materials note
Wynn Bullock Papers (MS 10)
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Naomi and Erosion #2
David on Dune Top
Door and Hinge
Victor's Fence and Cornfield
Trees and Old Fence
Tree and Wall, West Pinnacles
Road Cut in Vermont
Fence, Sunken Meadow Beach
Booth's Garage, Brewster
Michael and Betty
Ivy and Lobster Floats
Lane Off Gull's Way
Sunset, Wellfleet Harbor
Redwoods in Big Sur
Agave with Leaves
Tree, Partington Cove
Side of Old Barn
Split Cypress Tree
Self-Portrait (negative print)
Point Lobos Rocks and Trees
Shadows along Road
Path, Andrew Molera Park
Fence, Point Arena Road
Fence and Water
Fish Net over Fence (horizontal)
Large Cypress Tree and Fence, Fort Bragg
A Child's Grave
Tree Trunk and Fence
Fence on Highway 1
Shadows on Fence
Fence and Plants, Route 83
Gate over Fence
Fence on West Simpson
Lindsey in Front of Window
Wynn and Edna Bullock