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I love the 2018 calendars! I have always loved Wynn's work since the first time I laid my eyes on it back in my youth.
~ Robert Scott, Cheshire, CT
Wynn had a huge influence on my work, and that influence continues to this day. I have to say that his daughter Barbara has had a huge influence as well through her writing in the book Wynn Bullock – Photography: A Way of Life. The importance of awareness which she so eloquently emphasized in the book is something that I continually practice and remind myself of, particularly when I am photographing. I can't thank Wynn and her enough for this lifelong lesson!
~ Lynn Radeka, photographer, Buena Park, CA
My wife, Irene, and I finally made it to the Wynn Bullock: Revelations exhibit at the University of Maryland Art Gallery.  What an extraordinary treat/feast for eyes/soul/mind!  Beautifully curated; among the best such shows I've seen in a long time.  We spoke for some time with Taras Matla [gallery director].  His passion for the gallery in general and Wynn's work in particular were both very much evident.  The exhibit includes a number of prints that I do not recall seeing earlier; or, at the very least, had not viewed within a context of related images, by theme and/or time.  I lamented (only slightly J) not seeing more of Wynn's color abstracts, and feel ashamed at that.  Seeing those on display for the first time as contemporary estate prints and not reproductions for books or web  - is an experience I will not soon forget. 
As we were concluding our visit, I commented to my wife how even this relatively small slice of Wynn's oeuvre demonstrates how far beyond his most esteemed peers his artistry took him.  While Ansel Adams (who was and remains a powerful beacon for me) had a singularly powerful vision, it's scope was - by comparison - almost myopic by comparison to Wynn's breadth. Landscapes infused with metaphysical realities, abstracts evoking inner truths, metaphors made incarnate, the list goes on and on; experimenting, always experimenting.  Each image offers a deeper - and slightly different - glimpse of something he seemed incessantly in search of.   Just a magnificent display of the élan of Wynn's life and art!  Thank you so much for this treat.
~Andy Ilachinski, Physicist and Photographer, Springfield, VA
I thought I would take just a moment to say how much I enjoyed seeing Wynn's retrospective show at the art gallery at the University of Maryland. I so wanted to see the show when it was in Atlanta at the High Museum, but I wasn't able to and I figured it would just be one of those things that wasn't meant to be. Then I saw that it was going to come to Maryland. It was such pleasure to see original prints of the images that I have long admired and that have inspired me since I first picked up a camera in the early '70s. Many of the images in the show were familiar, some not. I think I went through the gallery four times, just to soak up the beauty of Wynn's vision.
~ E.E. McCollum, Photographer, Fairfax, VA
Just came back from seeing the Wynn Bullock exhibit at Maryland University. It was a great moment and revelation to me. Two friends came along and they were not disappointed. The retrospective is very well done. I didn't know Wynn before. I love this artist and his approach to the art of photography.
~ Regine Guillemin, Photographer, Washington D.C.
I think Wynn Bullock's photos are inspiring. They go right along with what I am currently working on as a photographer. I had never seen any photos by Mr. Bullock until now and my work is on the right path after viewing some of his work. I am an artist too and am glad that now I have someone to learn from such as Mr. Bullock. Thank you.
~ Marvio Santana, Brazil
What beautiful, inspirational images and certainly deserving of the accolades and attention. Wynn Bullock may have been overshadowed by Weston and Ansel, but his art is just as inspirational.
~ Mark Seawell, fine art photographer, Ogden, Utah
Wynn Bullock's work is inspiring for me. I'm just starting in photography. Glad to find your website!
~ Lucas Mendonça
I'm not sure how you do it all! Barb, you are my idol! Thank you for sharing Wynn's work for all to see! We love you!
~ Deb Wilson, Physical Therapist and one of Wynn's granddaughters; Pat Carney, granddaughter-in-law, Florida
Wynn's work is inspiring; it makes me want to look at the world with more open eyes. And his daughter Barbara's reflective essays are beautiful additions to his visual work. I deeply appreciate what he has done and what she is doing.
~ Angelika Bammer, Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities at Emory University, Decatur, GA
Love Wynn’s work…it is amazing…it is so peaceful and rings of the soul of the earth.
~ Mark I. Nelson, photographer, Elgin, IL
Wynn’s images are simply stunning. I came upon his name in the book by Bruce Barnbaum, The Art of Photography. I am going to suggest Wynn's site to my photography friends and I know they will be as smitten as I am.
~ Marlene Hodge, darkroom photographer and metalsmith, Centralia, WA
I’m so glad that you continue to offer the Wynn Bullock calendars. Thank you, too, for maintaining such a wonderful website! ~ Gerry Meekins, photographer, Elkton, MD
Just received my 2016 black and white calendar and it is terrific . . . great production quality and a wonderful selection of images. Thanks so much! ~ E.E. McCollum, Photographer, Fairfax, VA
Although I always enjoy your newsletters, this time I especially did so because of the link to Chris Johnson's talk.  His comments were deeply moving and illuminating.  Many thanks. 
~ Dan Perlstein, Berkeley, CA [Editor's note: The newsletter referred to is the October 2015 issue.)
I was one of the very fortunate budding photographers who visited your home during Craig Varjabedian’s California workshop on October 5. It was a transformational experience in my journey into photography, so I write to thank you again for sharing your home and stories. It meant a lot to me and will be gift that keeps on giving. I am also writing to note that I just placed an order for the book Wynn Bullock: Revelations. I look forward to spending a lot of time with Wynn and his work over the next few years. ~ Andy Epstein, Boston, MA
Wynn Bullock has some really amazing photographs. A very good website for both information and as a memento of his works. ~ Glenn Shi, Melbourne, Australia
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to look into the photograph and understand it with greater depth.
~ Carol Isaak, Photographer, Portland, OR
I have long been a fan of Wynn Bullock's work. My love for photography began some forty years ago while in high school. I can remember stumbling onto Wynn’s work in a book and immediately felt something deep and spiritual about his photographs. Exploring your website has helped me to renew that early discovery and appreciation of his work. I especially enjoyed listening to his daughter Barbara’s words about her father’s images. Her writing and voice are beautiful complements to his amazing body of work. It was a real pleasure to listen to her commentary on the Child in Forest photograph. Her expression is pure and eloquent, as one might expect from a daughter who so obviously loves and admires her father. I look forward to exploring more of the nooks and crannies on the website and receiving the newsletter.
~ Larry Vogel, Artist, Oceanside, CA
I've talked a lot about Wynn’s photography and its impact on me. Now, after reading more of the Bullock books and articles, I'd like to share my admiration for his daughter Barbara's writing. She has taken some of the most profound concepts in the universe and explained them simply and eloquently. She has helped me to understand more deeply why I have been instinctively drawn to Wynn's work and to see his photos through fresh eyes, with a better appreciation for what he was trying to communicate. She has given the world stronger insights into him as an artist, a father, a spiritual seeker. She has given all of us a canoe with which we can quietly paddle across the very deep waters that are Wynn Bullock.
~ Paul Cotter, Photographer, San Francisco Bay Area,
I had not heard of Wynn Bullock before I found this website. I really enjoyed the audio commentary of the images. Thank you for sharing these treasures here on the site.
~ Alex Saunders, Landscape Photographer, Glasgow, Scotland
Thank you for keeping Wynn's work alive for new generations! He was an important artist who taught us to not simply accept conventional truths but to ask questions, search beneath the surface and strive to uncover an essence not readily evident.
~ Bill Kane, Artist/Fine Art Digital Printer, Petaluma, CA and
As a friend of mine once said, "It takes courage to grow old." I would add that it is our brief glimpses into the wonders and mysteries of life that make the journey worth traveling and provides the courage we need for the trip. This is why I have always valued Wynn's photography so much.
~ Dennis Stefani, Carnation, WA
The May 2015 newsletter is one of your best. I love all of the photos in the Russia story. It gives us all a better connection to what it was like for Anastasia to visit you and see Northern California for the first time. The one where she is leaning on the bridge and looking out shows so well how she felt. The shots from the San Francisco Airport Museum are great, too. What a marvelous thing to have a museum at an airport, much better than expensive food and mass advertising displays. It's also great that Child on Forest Road is the cover image for Jean-Marie Pelt's book. A Bullock photo supporting other people's important work – that's so cool!
~ John Wilson, photographer and massage therapist, Houston, TX
Thank you for continuing to show Wynn's "Woman and Dog" picture of my mother Nancy...
~ Cynthia Bottero, wedding and special event coordinator, Carmel Valley, CA
    (Nancy worked with Wynn in the early to mid-1950s and together they produced some very memorable images.
    She and her beloved Collie, Prince, became good friends of the Bullock family.)
I always look forward to receiving your newsletters and all the updates they contain.  I'm sorry to hear the reasons for the delay in the production of the latest newsletter.  I hope Gene's recent problems are just a temporary glitch in the system and he will be back to normal soon.  I, too, have been experiencing more "glitches" in my systems since the years are adding up, but I have to keep reminding myself that getting old is not so bad when you consider the alternative.  I'm looking forward to you and Gene doing the important work you've taken on with Wynn's photography for many years to come.
~ Byron Basler
I just listened to the commentary for the Featured Image Child on Forest Road, 1958. What an interesting story behind this truly wonderful photograph! Of Wynn's photographs that I have seen, this one remains a favorite. The back story is rich and interesting; photographically, this reminds me that often inclusion of people in an image can make an ordinary photograph, extraordinary. Count me among those who love it.
~ Bill Chiechi
My first exhibition and award for a photograph was in 1962 at the California State Fair. Wynn was the judge and I watched the process and then talked with him for a while after the judging. I will be judging the photography portion of the CA State Fair this year [2015] and will channel Wynn for his wisdom.
~ Kurt Edward Fishback, photographer, Antelope, CA
I was looking at Wynn's color abstractions today and I realized that I was seeing the universe, quite literally, at play. Some lyrics from a George Harrison song came to mind, from the Brainwashed album that he recorded shortly before he died: "Universe at play/Inside your DNA/ You're a billion years old today". It occurred to me that Wynn Bullock and George Harrison probably would've enjoyed each other's company.
~ Paul Cotter, Photographer, San Francisco Bay Area
Hi to the Bullocks! Claudio Edinger (Sao Paulo) recently talked about Wynn's work, and on seeing it, I discovered how lovely and fantastic it is. I came into the photography world decades after he passed and it's my loss that I haven't seen the work until now. Just wanted to send an admiring shout-out for a master photographer with such wonderful instincts. I learn something new every day and today was certainly a good day! Makes me wonder what kind of a troglodyte I am to have missed so much for so long. All the best to you who carry on Wynn's legend.
~ Leslie Powell, New York
My favorite Wynn Bullock image, Tree Trunk, is now in my collection and brings much pleasure every time I view it.
~ Ray Michalek, mathematics professor, New York
I want to extend a long-overdue congratulations to you for a superb job on the publication of Wynn Bullock: Revelations—I received my copy about a month ago (which I ordered from the University of Texas Press)—and I have been poring over it again and again, drinking in the inspiring imagery, and reading the wonderfully insightful text—I especially enjoyed Brett Abbott's "Revelations" essay—and the timeline with so many anecdotes and details was also wonderful—I think Brett Abbott did an amazing job in his research, no doubt with lots of help and guidance by you, I'm sure—but it was all such a pleasure to read. It truly inspired me.
I guess I have been guilty of waxing existential since I was a little kid—questions like "why are we here" and "where are we going" used to consume my daydreams, I guess like most kids... and when looking up at the night sky on a clear evening, it always seemed to me that we are all part of something so much bigger than just ourselves and this amazing Earth (Planet Ocean as I tend to see it!)... and that the stars, and galaxies and everything "out there" (and "in us") †is turning out to be the same "stuff"—everything in the Periodic Table of Elements—I found Wynn's observations and insights regarding the space time continuum and the concept that we—and all things—are radiant energy a mind boggling, but ingenious observation that was surely ahead of his time, and as I've read your new book, and revisited Wynn's images more and more, I can see and feel this even more strongly in his work... .he was REALLY onto something wonderful and powerful, and I only regret I never had the opportunity to meet him—and am thus even more grateful that you saw to it that this beautiful book—and a phenomenal new retrospective show in Atlanta -- came to fruition for us all. Kudos to you for a job well done!
~ Chuck Davis, marine photographer and cinematographer, Pacific Grove, CA
I lost both of my parents to Alzheimer's disease. One day as my father was entering the final stages of the illness, he stood in front of the toilet in the bathroom, drawing a square shape in the air with his fingers. I asked him what he was doing. He replied simply, "Nothing looks the way it's supposed to." The significance of that remark stunned me, as I realized he was seeing a radically different version of the world than I was. I suddenly questioned the nature of "normal" and "reality." The same phenomenon is viewed differently by an insect with compound eyes, a bat with UV-sensitive vision, and a human being with dementia. So what is "real"? How are things "supposed" to look? Wynn Bullock knew the answer, and he showed us through his brilliant color light abstractions. How are things supposed to look? Wynn tells us: It all depends.
~ Paul Cotter, Photographer, San Francisco Bay Area
Sometimes it's really hard to turn the page [of a Wynn Bullock Calendar]…. During the month I get so attached to an image, I have a hard time going on to the next. However, that passes pretty quickly once I see the next image! Being from an analog "film & paper" background, I sometimes wonder what went through Wynn's mind as these terrific images emerged in the developer tray. I imagine him singing. I know they sing to me! Thank you again for making these available and keeping Wynn's legacy alive!
~ Gerry Meekins, photographer, Maryland
Beautiful Pictures
~ Pamela, Photography Fan, Marina, CA
I was deeply touched by reading Barbara's commentary on "Navigation Without Numbers". My wife and I adopted two infant children from South Korea, and we've often imagined the heartbreak felt by their mothers as they separated. Now that I know the story, "Navigation Without Numbers" will forever depict this separation for me.
~ Paul Cotter, Photographer, San Francisco Bay Area
Thank you very much! My Dad and I viewed and enjoyed the Wynn Bullock: Revelations exhibit and your lecture at Atlanta's High Museum of Art on October 10, 2014. This website is another delightful expression of brilliance. Wonderful! With respect and gratitude...
~ Kim, Atlanta, GA
Regarding your "Exhibition Highlights" Viewing Gallery, the new section covering the High Museum's Wynn Bullock: Revelations project is really superb. It gives a real sense of actually being there at the exhibit – the setting, the arrangement, the flow from room to room. The multi-faceted section is easy to navigate, too.
~ Peter Miller, artist of photogravure etchings, Kamakura, Japan
Wynn Bullock has been one of my favorite photographers for as long as I can remember. My wife and I vacationed in Atlanta this year specifically for the ASO's performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and to see the High Museum's Wynn Bullock exhibit. The ... Oct. 2 performance of Beethoven's Ninth was canceled, but the Wynn Bullock exhibit did not disappoint! In fact, being able to see so much of Bullock's work all in one place really did make everything better. I hope this exhibit travels. I would love to see it again. And if you can't make it to Atlanta, buy the book, Wynn Bullock: Revelations. The title is apropos!
~ John Henley, Jr., Northwest Arkansas
An American master. Seems he got a late start in photography, but got caught up. Ahead of his time.
~ Marc Mary
Wynn Bullock has been the one photographer that has inspired me more than any other. I got into photography in the early 80's which is when I first saw Wynn's work. I always wanted to produce work like his but have never succeeded. The desire is still there and gives me something to aspire to.
~ Richard Hamilton, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
The Wynn Bullock: Revelations catalogue arrived today and it took my breath away. What a beautiful publication on so many levels. Not only is the design of the book striking, it is a fitting representation of Wynn's work. Congratulations to you and to everyone who worked to make the publication come to life. Bravo!
~ Lindsey Kouvaris, Curator of Exhibits and Collections, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, CA
Wynn's work is amazing and deeply inspiring. I am new to a more serious exploration of photography, 53 this past January, yet, like Wynn, I have had a love of light, in all of its forms, all of my life. I love his relationship with light, his intuitive relationship with his subjects. I look forward to learning more about Wynn Bullock and my hope is that I find he has written books on his style. Thank you for sharing his work.
~ Nellie Moore, Explorer of Heart, Contemplation, Humanity, Compassion, Nature, Light, Wisconsin
I absolutely loved the Wynn Bullock exhibit [at the High Museum]. Those photos!!! The accompanying text! What a coup d'etat! When I met with curator Brett Abbott over a year ago, he spoke about working on this exhibit, and I had no idea how beautiful the whole experience would be. Wynn's exquisite images, Brett's intuitively, deeply felt descriptions, and the brilliantly chosen quotations – all of it touched me on a real heart level. I am so thankful for Brett's shining light and his bringing Wynn's work to all of us! Bravo!!
~ Elyse Defoor, artist, Atlanta, GA.
I was in Atlanta for about 22 hours to see the Wynn Bullock show…and I am still gasping for breath. Utterly spectacular; I only wish I'd had more time to savor it. I remember a number of his photographs from when I was a kid getting Modern and Popular Photography magazines, but… I never understood the magnitude and quality of his work – and simply spectacular printing. The show has made him my current hero…along with the more obvious masters – Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan, Minor White, and Ray Metzker. And I knew nothing of the color explorations. I hope there is a plan for the show to travel; the world beyond Atlanta deserves to see it. My heartiest congratulations!
~ Alan Chimacoff, photographer and architect, Princeton, NJ
Love Child on Forest Road photo. Great photography! Thanks.
~ Peter Bundock, Lindendale, Australia
Intriguing images!
~ Mary Ann Howell, multimedia artist and art teacher, Bixby, OK.
I was a student studying fine art photography at New Mexico State University in the mid-1970s when Wynn died. A few months later my professor Richard Wickstrom showed me several original photographs by Wynn and they were stunning. Wynn was a great printer as well as a great photographer – one of the greatest. The prints were only $500-$1000 at the time which was a bargain. I was a poor student, however, and couldn’t afford to buy one so they went to someone else. I told myself that someday I would own one and I’m now interested in the newly printed images from the Bullock family estate. In November I’m retiring from my state government job as a photographer and exhibit designer at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. I want to buy an estate print as a retirement gift to myself and I’m totally looking forward to hanging one of Wynn’s beautiful images on my wall to treasure forever.
~ Ron Keller, photographer, Alamogordo, NM
I just received a copy of the "Wynn Bullock Revelations" book that I preordered from Amazon last December. The book is absolutely beautiful and exactly what I have been looking for for many years. Wynn’s photography has always been an inspiration to me and gives me great pleasure to view over and over again. I want to thank you and everybody involved in creating this book. It will be a valued presence in my home.
~ Dennis Stefani, Carnation, WA
The writer of this comment owns a print of Wynn’s image Navigation without Numbers, 1957. He was asked to produce a statement about it for an exhibition which included his print. Here is what the image means to him:

There are those who believe that this scene was staged by Bullock, but the story of its making, which was told to me by his daughter, is the following: He often worked with this particular model, Marilyn, who was a struggling single mother barely making ends meet. After shooting for a time, they were taking a break when Bullock turned around to find the mother resting at the edge of the bed, with the baby asleep in the middle and the cover of the book Navigation Without Numbers facing forward. He quickly made the exposure.
 The mother, praying, asleep or slumped in exhaustion, is the berth (birth) from which the baby has been set adrift to float on a black sea. One cannot help but wonder where the tides of life will take this child. Ultimately our feeling is one of distance and separation - that sense that no matter how close we are, even mother and child, we are each on our individual, separate journey. And, though the child is a relative new born, there is an undercurrent of death.
 This photo is one of those rare times when the stars align and all of the visual elements converge to create an image that goes beyond the mere objects and people depicted. I've always thought that this was one of the great images in the history of California photography.
~ Dennis Reed, Professor Emeritus of Art, Los Angeles Valley College
A person may think they have seen amazing photography. Great composition. Unbridled creativity and exploration. But when you sit down with [the book] Wynn Bullock: Revelations you want to become a better student of photography. You will view photography with a different eye…and expect more. Wynn Bullock’s photography is timeless and pure. You will find yourself drinking in the beauty. After receiving Wynn Bullock: Revelations from UT Press, all we can say is we are gobsmacked. It is a profoundly beautiful collection of work. Not often does a book capture the work of an artist like Wynn Bullock, but I must say this comes close and is a joy to have in hand. We cannot wait to see the show at the High Museum and wonder if they will allow overnight guests. It will take hours to drink it all in. You should be so proud. Thank you for sharing this wonderful gift with us. “Revelations” was the perfect title.
~ Connie and Jerry Rosenthal, Houston, TX.
Truly a Master in every sense of the word.
~ Arthur Smiley, Costa Rica
I just acquired a poster of "Stark Tree" from Connie Bullock which I fell in love with the moment I laid eyes upon it.  It is now hanging proudly in my home. What an inspiration Wynn Bullock is!
~ Liz Bullock, Yucca Valley, CA
I miss your monthly "featured image" audiocast. I hope you will restart it soon. I enjoy learning more about Mr. Bullock's photography through these insightful audiocasts. Thank you very much and best wishes to you all in 2014!
~ Ross Togashi, Honolulu, Hawaii
Yesterday drop by a bookstore saw a photography book which cover is a nude girl lay on the forest with 3 trees trunk. The photo really stop me and make me look at it for a while, then i see the Photographer named "Wynn Bullock" and totally have no idea who he is. And the book been wrapped where i not able to flip through it. But at last i decided to buy the book because of the main cover photo that capture my attention. After reach home i unwrap the book and it make me unstoppable to read the whole book and all the photos inside really impress me. This is the photography book that i been looking for all this time. And finally i know who is Wynn Bullock, he not only a great photographer but a great philosopher to me. His photographs not only a great arts but send a very strong deeply message within itself. So glad i can meet Wynn Bullock in my life. He is definitely the one that i am searching for.
~ Yew Mee Foo, online marketer, Subang Jaya, Malaysia.

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