Edna Bullock Photographs MS.325

Debra Roussopoulos
University of California, Santa Cruz
2011
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz 95064
speccoll@library.ucsc.edu

Note

updated in 2018 to include Accn. 2018.006


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: Edna Bullock photographs
creator: Bullock, Edna
Identifier/Call Number: MS.325
Physical Description: 2.5 Linear Feet 5 flats
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.

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Edna Bullock photographs. MS 325. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Biography

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.
The book, 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.

Arrangement

Photographs are arranged chronologically by date.

Related Archival Materials note

Wynn Bullock Papers (MS 10)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Photography, Artistic
Bullock, Edna

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Naomi and Erosion #2 24208 1984

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David on Dune Top 24207 1983

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Carmel Mission 24206 1976

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Door and Hinge 24205 1977

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Amy 24204 1977

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Victor's Fence and Cornfield 24203 1978

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Two Knots 24202 1978

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Trees and Old Fence 24201 1979

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Dew on Weeds 24200 1979

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Nevada Landscape 24199 1982

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Movement #5 24198 1984

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Movement #6 24197 1984

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Decaying House 24196 1984

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Tree and Wall, West Pinnacles 24195 1985

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Road Cut in Vermont 24194 1985

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Lone Oak 24193 1985

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Fence, Sunken Meadow Beach 24192 1985

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Booth's Garage, Brewster 24191 1986

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Michael and Betty 24190 1986

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Ivy and Lobster Floats 24189 1986

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Lane Off Gull's Way 24188 1986

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Sunset, Wellfleet Harbor 24187 1986

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Redwoods in Big Sur 24186 1986

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Roots 24185 1986

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Palm Trunk 24184 1986

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Agave with Leaves 24183 1986

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Tree, Partington Cove 24182 1987

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Side of Old Barn 24181 1987

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Split Cypress Tree 24180 1986

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Tree, Asilomar 24179 1987

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Elisabeth (triptych) 24178 1988

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Gloria 24177 1988

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Self-Portrait (negative print) 24176 1989

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Point Lobos Rocks and Trees 24175 1989

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Amy and Jane 24174 1989

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Gwendolyn 24173 1990

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Shadows along Road 24172 1990

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Path, Andrew Molera Park 24171 1990

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Leslie 24170 1990

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Movement 24169 1991

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Stuart #11 24168 1991

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Neta and Robe 24167 1991

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Fence, Point Arena Road 24166 1992

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Stuart #5 24165 1992

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Michi on Rock 24164 1993

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Fence and Water 24163 1993

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Fish Net over Fence (horizontal) 24162 1994

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Large Cypress Tree and Fence, Fort Bragg 24161 1994

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A Child's Grave 24160 1994

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Tire Fence 24159 1994

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Tree Trunk and Fence 24158 1994

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Fence on Highway 1 24157 1994

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Shadows on Fence 24156 1994

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Fence and Plants, Route 83 24155 1994

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Gate over Fence 24154 1994

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Fence on West Simpson 24153 1994

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Lindsey in Front of Window 24152 1994

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Twins? 1980

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Wynn and Edna Bullock 1978

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Ansel's Hand 1977