Wynn Bullock Papers

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

Note

Finding aid updated in 2018


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: Wynn Bullock papers
source: Bullock, Wynn
creator: Bullock, Wynn
source: Bullock, Edna
Identifier/Call Number: MS.010
Physical Description: 6 Linear Feet 8 boxes
Date (inclusive): 1929-1972
Date (bulk): 1940-1972
Abstract: This collection includes some biographical material including a small amount of correspondence, writings, teaching materials, clippings and printed appearences. Also included is a selection of gelatin silver photographs and a color photograph.
Physical Location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

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 guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.
Copyright to the photographs resides with the Bullock-Wilson Trust Photography Archive (www.wynnbullockphotography.com). UCSC Special Collections and Archives requires written permission from the copyright holder to allow reproduction of the photographs, including photography in the reading room. Permission must be sent to speccoll@library.ucsc.edu in advance.

Preferred Citation

Wynn Bullock papers. MS 10. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Biography

Wynn Bullock (April 18, 1902-November 16, 1975) was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Pasadena, California. As a boy, his passions were singing and athletics. After high school graduation he moved to New York to pursue a musical career and was hired as a chorus member in Irving Berlin's Music Box Review. During the mid-1920's he traveled to Europe, studying voice and giving concerts in France, Germany, and Italy.
In Paris, he discovered the work of Man Ray and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. He realized photography as an art form could be a vehicle through which he could engage with the world. He moved back to Southern California and became a student of photography at Art Center School.
From 1938 to 1940, Wynn became involved in exploring alternative processes such as solarization and bas relief. After graduation from Art Center, his experimental work was exhibited in a solo exhibition at the L.A. County Museum. He worked as a commercial photographer and enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was employed by Lockheed, and Connors-Joyce until the end of the war.
In 1945-1946, Wynn traveled throughout California with his family producing and selling postcard pictures. He worked developing a way to control the line effect of solarization for which he was awarded two patents. He settled in Monterey where he obtained a photographic concession at Ford Ord military base until 1959.
A major turning point in Wynn's life as a creative photographer occurred in 1948 when he met Edward Weston. In the mid-1950's, Edward Steichen chose two of Bullock's photographs to include in the 1955 "Family of Man" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
During the early 1960's, Wynn produced his "Color Light Abstractions". These photographs represented an in-depth exploration of light, manifesting a belief that light is, "perhaps the most profound force in the universe."
Throughout his career, Wynn was an active learner, workshop leader, and teacher. His work is found in over 90 major institutions world-wide, and he is one of five artists whose archives established the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography.
In the mid 1960's until his death, he returned to black and white alternative processes. Wynn noted, "Searching is everything - going beyond what you know. And the test of the search is really in the things themselves, the things you seek to understand. What is important is not what you think about them, but how they enlarge you."
[Biography excerpted from The Bullock-Wilson Trust Photography Archive]

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection includes some biographical material including a small amount of correspondence, writings, teaching materials, clippings & printed appearences. Also included is a selection of gelatin silver photographs and a color photograph.

Arrangement

The photographs are arranged in chronological order.

Related Collections

MS 325 Edna Bullock Photographs

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Photography, Artistic
Bullock, Wynn
Bullock, Edna

 

Biographical Series 1345 1929-1974

Physical Description: 7 folders

Scope and Contents note

This series contains Wynn Bullock's personal papers including correspondence, awards, book reviews and promotional material for classes.
box-folder 1:1

Autobiographical data, 380 1929-1972

box-folder 1:1

Group exhibitions, 379 1954-1970

box-folder 1:1, 5:1

Awards 374 n.d., 1960-1962

 

Photography in the Fine Arts, New York. Outstanding Achievement in Creative Art for "Fire in the Woods." Award certificate. 378 n.d.,

 

Photography in the Fine Arts, New York. Outstanding Achievement in Creative Art for "Light Abstraction" and "Woman and the Thistle." Award certificate. 377 n.d.,

 

Art Directors Club of Los Angeles. 17th Annual Western Exhibition of Advertising and Editorial Art. Certification of Merit. 376 n.d.,

 

Art Directors Club of Philadelphia. 26th Annual Exhibition of the Art Directors Club of Philadelphia. Certificate of Excellence for Advertising and Editorial Art. November 1961. 375 11/1961

box-folder 1:1

Lectures, 373 1962-1971

box-folder 1:1

Prints in permanent collections as of 1971, 372 ca. 1972

box-folder 1:1

One man exhibitions, 371 1941-1971

box-folder 1:1

Photographs selected by international photographic annuals, 370 ca. 1972

box-folder 1:1

Articles and/or photographs in publications, 369 1946-1971

box-folder 1:1

Quotes from reviews, 368 ca. 1972

box-folder 1:1

Books used by Wynn Bullock, 367 ca. 1972

box-folder 1:1

"Wynn Bullock American Lyric Tenor" - pamphlet with some extracts from the French press, 366 ca. 1929

box-folder 1:2-4

Correspondence 361

box-folder 1:2

Keech, Estelle - ALS, 365 n.d., 10/1941

box-folder 1:3

Beloian, Charles - ALS, 364 8/21/1964

box-folder 1:4

Kohler, David - TLS, 363 5/14/1974

box-folder 1:4

Kohler, David - "A Phenomenological View of the Process of Photography" - ALS w/ attachment, 362 n.d.

box-folder 1:17

Book Reviews, 356 1966, 1971

 

Mack, Richard. The Widening Stream. Poems by Richard Mack, Photographs by Wynn Bullock 360

 

"Monterey" Peregrine Publications, 1966. Book review by Jean Couzens 359

 

Bullock, Edna. Wynn Bullock San Francisco: Scrimshaw Press, 1971. 358

 

Misc. articles and book reviews. 357

box-folder 1:19

Teaching - Lectures, Classes, Conferences, 346 1959-1972

 

"Wynn Bullock, Camera Artist to Teach Two Courses Here" in San Francisco State College Golden Gater Vol. 74, No. 1, 355 6/20/1959

 

San Francisco State College. Bulletin of Summer Sessions, 354 1959

 

Monterey Peninsula Collection Evening Series. "Creative Seeing in Photography" lecture by Bullock. Poster for series and article announcing lecture from El Yanqui Vol. XIV, No. 20 Monterey Peninsula College 353 5/26/1960

 

Art Directors and Artists Club of San Francisco. "Eyes West". First Annual Conference. Monterey Peninsula. Conference brochure. 352 9/15-17/1961

 

Professional Photographers of Northern California." Way Out West Conference." First Annual San Francisco Conference, Del Webb TowneHouse, San Francisco. Flyer and registration form. 351 1/6-7/1962

 

Professional Photographers of California. "Greater Twelfth annual Western States Convention". St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA. 350 6/27-30/1964

 

Program with photo of Bullock from Commercial Illustrative Forum , Art Center School. 349 n.d.

 

Lifelong Learning UC Extension Berkeley. Catalog 348 Fall 1968

 

Friends of Photography workshop schedule, noting panel talk and slide show with Bullock, Al Weber, Pirkle Jones, and Henry Gilpin. 347 ca. 1969

 

Writings, Series 2329 1929-1974

Physical Description: 13 folders

Scope and Contents note

This series contains Bullock's thoughts & notes, typescripts, instructional materials, and publications.
box-folder 1:5-7

"Thoughts" for Lectures at UC Extension 341

box-folder 1:5

Typed manuscript. 94 pps.- for lectures at UC extension on following dates, 344 9/19/1968 10/13/1968

box-folder 1:6

20 pps uncorrected holographic notes - for lectures at UC Extension on following dates, 343 11/23/1968, 1/4-15/1969, 2/4-24/1969, 3.12-13/1969

box-folder 1:7

4 pgs holographic notes - for lectures at UC Extension on following dates, 342 11/7/1970, 9/28/1971, 9/30/1971, 10/31/1971, 1970-1971

box-folder 1:8

Artist statement for Modern Photography Annual, Sept. 1971 - Typed, hand edited mss. of 6/2/71 for article. 3 pps., 340 6/2/1971

box-folder 1:9

"Copies of notes" - Hand edited, typed notes. pps. 8-42, 339 n.d.

box-folder 1:10

Thoughts used for "Dave Bohn Book" - 6 pps., 338 1970-1971

General note

Note:Dave Bohn , editor and designer of Wynn Bullock , Scrimshaw Press, 1971.
box-folder 1:11

"Space-Time in Photography." - Typescript mss, edited - 7 pps., 337 1972

General note

Note:in photographer's hand: "Copies of my hand written notes W. B. 1972."
box-folder 1:12

"Bullock Continuous Tone Partial Reversal Process." - Typescript - 26 pps. , 336 n.d.

General note

Note:With clipping from Saturday Evening Post Oct. 22, 1949 on indigo dye.
box-folder 1:13

"What is Photographic Line?" - Typescript - 5 pps., 335 n.d.

box-folder 1:14

"Edward Weston" By Wynn Bullock - Typescript w/holographic corrections, signed - 4 pps., 334 n.d.

box-folder 1:15

Claims of Patent #2, 438, 494. "Photographic Process for Producing Line Images." Also "Sample 11" of U.S. Pat. 2,438,494 - Typescript copy - 3 pps., 333 n.d.

box-folder 1:16

"Wynn Bullock - Photographs 1920-1973" - Univ. of Colorado tape transcript - Typescript - pps. 1-15, 332 1973

box-folder 1:18

Publications: "Line Photography" by Percy W. Bullock, 331 4/1957

General note

Note:Reprinted from Medical and Biological Illustration, April 1957, vol. VII, No. 2.
box-folder 1:18

Publications: "Partial Reversal Line Photography" by Percy Wynn Bullock, 330 10/1957

General note

Note:Reprinted from Medical and Biological Illustration, October 1957, vol. VII, No. 4.
 

Exhibits Series 3302 n.d., 1941-1971

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Contents note

This series contains documentation of exhibits of Bullock's photographic exhibits.
box-folder 1:20

320 1941-1962

 

Karen Horney Clinic, New York, New York. Catalogue Photographic Exhibit and Sale of the Karen Horney Clinic. Nov. 17-Dec. 2, [n.d.] Catalogue list. 328 n.d.

 

New York Museum of Modern Art, exhibition of international prints. Clipping announcing exhibition with reproduction. 327 n.d.

 

"Limelight". Sheridan Square, New York, New York. Photographs by Wynn Bullock. Exhibit postcard. Sept.6-Oct. 8 [n.d.] With exhibit review of exhibit "The Sexual Vitality of the Earth" by John Barkley Hart. Photocopy [unidentified publication.] 326 n.d.

 

Centre International de la Photographie. "3e Biennale internationale Photo Cinema Optique". Exhibit brochure. 325 n.d.

 

Los Angeles County Art Museum. Creative Photography exhibit 1941. Review from Daily News, Los Angeles. Clipping. Flyer with text reprinted from exhibit catalog. 324 6/13/1941

 

Danish Salon of Photography. "Forste Internationale Fotoudstilling Marienlyst". Helsingor. Exhibit catalog 323 1956

 

Kalamazoo Art Center. Kalamazoo, Michigan. "Three Photographers". 1961. Catalog of the exhibition as published in Bulletin Number 2, Kalamazoo Art Center at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 322 2/1961

 

Rhode Island Arts Festival. "Fourth Annual Exhibit". Exhibit catalog. 321 1962

box-folder 1:21

303 1963-1971

 

Tucson Art Center. Invitational Photography Show. Photographers from the Southwest . Exhibit catalog 319 1963

 

"Internationale AKT FOTOS". Exhibit brochure 318 ca. 1963

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photography in the Fine Arts - Exhibit IV . Exhibit catalog. 317 1963

 

California State Fair and Exposition 1963. Twenty-Third North American International Photographic Exhibition , "Black and White Prints." Exposition guide. 316 1963

 

"72nd International Exposition of Professional Photography 1963", Dallas, Texas. Highlights. Clipping. 315 1963

 

Second Annual Outdoor Art Festival, Coast Gallery, Big Sur. California. Gallery catalogue. 314 10/17 - 11/12/1964

 

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Invitational Exhibition. "10 American Photographers". February-March 1965. Review from Milwaukee Journal, Feb. 28, 1965. 313 2-3/1965

 

Camberly Pictorialists. 18th International Salon of Camera Art . Royal Military Academy. Catalogue. (Bullock given Honor Panel in the 19th exhibition.) 312 4/11-25/1965

 

"Photography in the Fine Arts". 1965 World's Fair Exhibition. List of photographers and titles. 311 1965

 

University of Illinois. 1967 Festival of Contemporary Arts. Festival guide as appeared in University of Illinois Bulletin. Vol. 64, No. 65. Press release for "Six Photographers 1967". 310 1/13/1967

 

Southampton Camera Club. 54th International Exhibition of Photography . Southampton Art Gallery Civic Centre, Southampton. Catalogue. 309 3/4-27/1967

 

"Photography in the Fine Arts V". New York. Exhibition brochure. 308 1967

 

"Florida State Fair Photo Invitational". Exhibition brochure 307 1968

 

Rhodes National Gallery. Salisbury, Rhodesia. "F:8 present foto 69". Exhibit brochure. 306 1969

 

Southampton Camera Club. "57th International Exhibition of Photography". England. Exhibition brochure. 305 1970

 

Light, a Gallery for Contemporary Photography. New York, New York. "13 Photographers". Exhibit postcard. 304 11/5/1971 - 12/4/1971

 

Printed Appearences Series 4241 n.d., 1946-1971

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Scope and Contents note

This series contains copies of printed appearences of Bullock's photographs and writings.
box-folder 2:1

Aperture, v.4:1 (1956); 8:2 (1960); 14:2 (1969), 301 1956, 1960, 1969

box-folder 2:2

Applied Photography, no. 35 (1967); no. 40 (1969), 300 1967, 1969

box-folder 2:3

Argonaut, v.137:4208 (1958), 299 1958

box-folder 2:4

California Test Bureau of Standardized Tests , catalog, 298 1962

box-folder 2:5

Camera, English Edition, no. 4 (April 1959), 297 1959

box-folder 2:6

Camera, Edition Francaise, no. 3 (March 1959), 296 1959

box-folder 2:7

Contemporary Photographer, v.1:1 (May-June 1960); v.1:2 (July-August 1960), 295 1960

box-folder 2:8

Creative Camera by Lew Parrella, 294 1960

box-folder 2:9

Creative Camera, no. 84 (June 1971), 293 1971

box-folder 2:10

Creative Pictures, 292 1956

box-folder 2:11

Creative Photography, 2, 291 1957

box-folder 2:12

The Encyclopedia of Photography, 290 1963-1967

box-folder 2:13

The Face of California , [desk calender], 289 1961

box-folder 2:14

Fluor-o-scope, (Summer 1969), 288 1969

box-folder 2:15

Foto Magazin, (Jan 1965), (August 1967), 287 1929-1972

box-folder 3:1

Graphic Portfolio 2 [Georgia Pacific Ad], 286 n.d.

box-folder 3:2

Harvest Years, v.5:5 (May 1965), 285 1965

box-folder 3:3

20th Century American Art , Kalamazoo Institute of Art, 284 1961

box-folder 3:4

Laguna Seca Road Races, (Nov. 8-9, 1958), 283 1958

box-folder 3:5

Munchner Leben , (January 1965), 282 1929-1972

box-folder 3:6

National Professional Photographer, v.89:1806 (Nov. 1962); v. 90:1810 (Mar. 1963); v. 90:1819 (Dec 1963), 281 1962-1963

box-folder 3:7

Negro Digest, v.5:2 (Dec 1946), 280 1946

box-folder 3:8

New Yorker, v.36:22 (July 16, 1960), 279 1960

box-folder 3:9

Nikkor Club, no.46 (Autumn 1968), 278 1968

box-folder 3:10

Nude, 277 n.d.

box-folder 3:11

Pacific Discovery, v.1613 (May-June 1963), 276 1963

box-folder 3:12

Photography, v.10:10 (Oct. 1955); v.12:6 (June 1957); v.17:9 (Sept 1962), 275 1955, 1957, 1962

box-folder 3:13

Photography Handbook, (May 1958), 274 1958

box-folder 3:14

Popular Photograph, v.49:2 (Aug 1961); v.67:1 (July 1970), 273 1961, 1970

box-folder 3:15

Popular Photography Italiana, no. 138 (March 1969), 272 1969

box-folder 3:16

PSA Journal, v.37:7 (July 1971), 271 1971

box-folder 4:1

Image, v.3:7 (Oct. 1954), 270 1954

box-folder 4:2

Infinity, v.10:9 (Nov. 1961); v.15:5 (May 1966), 269 1961-1966

box-folder 4:3

Informations and Documents, no.139 (March 1961), 268 1961

box-folder 4:4

International Photo Technik, 1961:2; 1963:2, 267 1961-1963

box-folder 4:5

Range Finder Magazine, v.10:9 (Sept. 1961), 266 1961

box-folder 4:6

Reader's Digest, (Oct. 1960), 265 1960

box-folder 4:7

Reflex, v.19/33:3 (March 1961), 264 1961

box-folder 4:8

St. Joseph Magazine, v.61:2 (Feb. 1960), 263 1960

box-folder 4:9

Saturday Review, v.44:24 (June 1961); v.46:20 (May 1963, 262 1961, 1963

box-folder 4:10

Vogue, American Edition (Feb. 1, 1955), 261 1955

box-folder 4:11

Western Advertising Week, 17th Portfolio of Western Advertising Art , (Feb. 19, 1962), 260 1962

box-folder 4:12

What's Doing?, v.2:3 (June 1947); v.7:12 (July 1955), 259 1947, 1955

box-folder 4:13

World Book Encyclopedia, "Photography" (reprint), 258 1965

box-folder 4:14

Clippings Monterey Peninsula Herald, "Virtues of Large and Small Cameras are Evaluated" (Nov. 6, 1956), 257 1956

box-folder 4:15

Clippings Monterey Peninsula Herald, "Times Vital Relationship to Photography" (Nov. 1, 1958), 256 1958

box-folder 4:16

Clippings Monterey Peninsula Herald, "Herald Printers and Publishers" (Sept. 22, 1960), 255 1960

box-folder 4:17

Clippings Monterey Peninsula Herald, "Among Best Prints of Half Century" (Oct. 27, 1961), 254 1961

box-folder 4:18

Clippings Monterey Peninsula Herald, "Savings Center" (Oct. 6, 1964), 253 1964

box-folder 4:19

Clippings Monterey Peninsula Herald, "The Face of California" (Sept. 26, 1970), 252 1970

box-folder 4:20

PClippings Town Crier, "Some Useless Words About Pictures" (June 1, 1966), 251 1966

box-folder 4:21

Clippings Monterey Peninsula Herald, "Landscape with Figure" (Nov. 1, 1968), 250 1968

box-folder 4:22

Clippings New York Times Magazine, "RX for Medicine" (Nov. 4, 1956), 249 1956

box-folder 4:23

Clippings Fort Ord Panarama, "On Post Photographer Acclaimed by Nations", v.18:38 (June 20, 1958), 248 1958

box-folder 4:24

Clippings San Francisco Sunday Chronicle, "RLS Sought The Pinch and Sting of Existence" (July 17, 1960), 247 1960

box-folder 4:25

Clippings Bullock, (August 1965) - Tear Sheets + letter, 246 1965

box-folder 5:2

Carmel Pacific Spectator Journal, v.15:3 (Dec. 5, 1958), 245 1958

box-folder 5:3

U.S. Camera, v.9:7 (August 1946), 244 1946

box-folder 5:4

Illustrated London News, v.242:6465 (June 29, 1963), 243 1963

box-folder 5:5

Various newsprint issues, segregated for preservation purposes. 242 ca. 1958-1968

 

Photographs Series 5182 1939-1972

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Scope and Contents note

This series contains black and white and color photographs.

Arrangement note

The material has been arranged by size, then by date.
box-folder 6

Girl (bas relief), 240 1939

box-folder 6

Portrait of a Young Woman, 239 1947

box-folder 6

Solarized Head, 238 1940

box-folder 6

Chief Fred Earle, 237 ca. 1947

box-folder 6

Child in the Forest, 236 1951

box-folder 6

Driftwood, 235 1951

box-folder 6

Del Monte Forest (with seedlings), 234 1951

box-folder 6

Hieroglyphics (worm design), 233 1951

box-folder 6

Woman and Thistle, 232 1953

box-folder 6

Woman and Dog in Forest, 231 1953

box-folder 6

Let There Be Light, 230 1954

box-folder 6

Nude behind Cob-webbed Window, 229 1955

box-folder 6

A Child's Grief, 228 1955

box-folder 6

Sea Foam, 227 1955

box-folder 6

Swamp Trees, 226 1955

box-folder 6

Lucia, 225 1956

box-folder 6

Del Monte Forest, 224 1956

box-folder 6

Stark Tree, 223 1956

box-folder 6

Navigation without Numbers, 222 1957

box-folder 6

The Pilings, 221 1958

box-folder 6

The Monks, 220 1958

box-folder 6

Child on Forest Road, 219 1958

box-folder 6

The Bird, 218 1958

box-folder 6

The Masts, 217 1959

box-folder 6

Florence, Trees and Sand Dunes, 216 1959

box-folder 7

Erosion, 215 1956

box-folder 7

The Shore, 214 1966

box-folder 7

Leaves, 213 1967

box-folder 7

The Limpit #2, 212 1969

box-folder 7

Buried in Sand (variant), 211 1968

box-folder 7

Seed Pods, 210 1969

box-folder 7

Unmarked Graves, 209 1969

box-folder 7

Rock and Limpits, 208 1969

box-folder 7

Under Monterey Wharf, 207 1969

box-folder 7

Pebble Beach, 206 1970

box-folder 7

Landscape (glowing mountain), 205 1970

box-folder 7

Untitled (Scrimshaw), 204 1970

box-folder 7

Rocks and Shadows (embers and ashes), 203 1970

box-folder 7

Point Lobos Rock (horizontal channels), 202 1970

box-folder 7

Untitled (Monterey Cypress Trunk), 201 1970

box-folder 7

Sea Palms, 200 1970

box-folder 7

Lobos Rock, 199 1971

box-folder 7

Limpit and Dark Rock, 198 1971

box-folder 7

Tree Trunk Lines, 197 1972

box-folder 7

Woman on Dunes, 196 1972

box-folder 7

Untitled (wood, light, and shadows), 195 1972

box-folder 7

Wood Reversal (three women), 194 1971

box-folder 7

Burnt Wood, 193 1972

box-folder 7

Wood Lines, 192 1972

box-folder 7

Fallen Tree Trunk (Greek mask), 191 1972

box-folder 8

Mimi and Cat, 190 1935

box-folder 8

Mendocino Coast (with sun), 189 1968

box-folder 8

Marilyn with Cat, 188 1956

box-folder 8

Sunken Wreck, 187 1968

box-folder 8

Eric Barker (down low), 186 1955

box-folder Framed

Point Lobos Tide Pool, 185 1957

box-folder Framed

Old Typewriter, 184 Framed

box-folder Framed

Color Light Abstraction, 183 1960