Wynn Bullock at One Hundred
Chicago-born Wynn Bullock was multi-talented, beginning his artistic endeavors as a concert tenor, with success on Broadway and studies in Paris. While there, he found further inspiration in the art of the recent French masters, most notably Cezanne, and also in the groundbreaking explorations of Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray. Back in the United States Bullock focused his artistic energies on photography, throwing himself into experiment and innovation with a rigor that resulted in two international patents. Bullock was also a serious student of philosophy, who wrote and spoke passionately about his evolving ideas on harmony, perception, truth, and purpose in the realm of the arts. Bullock had begun to see photographs as symbols, evoking "events", or qualities of the interactions of space and time, involving ideas not restricted to or by, nominal subject matter. Besides his extensive experimentation, he explored the beauty and strength of "straight" photography using an 8 & 10 camera, creating the intense and luminous images filled with mystery and metaphor for which he is best known today. These are passionate works with reason and intuition complementing one another, and which bring this American master's philosophy full circle.