This volume – investigating the work of a particular photographer, in this case, Wynn Bullock – comprises a 4000-word essay by an expert in the field, 55 photographs presented chronologically, each with a commentary, and a biography of the featured photographer.
In his photography, Wynn Bullock (1902-75) used many of the techniques that were pioneered in the 1920s. He was constantly looking for new ways to express himself and his philosophies on life. When he met Edward Weston in 1948, however, he was profoundly impressed by the Weston’s emphasis on realism and tonal beauty. As a result, Bullock changed his style and adopted ‘straight’ photography, which is the work he is primarily remembered for today: stunningly beautiful nudes, and images of nature on the West Coast of America. His photographs are usually strong visual metaphors, implying an alert psychological dimension beneath the fastidious realism.
Photography is the visual medium of the modern world. It pervades our lives and shapes our perceptions. 55 is an ongoing series of beautifully produced, pocket-sized books that explore all aspects and styles of photography. They celebrate the world’s most important photographers from the spheres of art, photojournalism, science, street photography, fashion photography and travel photography.
Each volume of 128 pages focuses on an individual master’s life work and its development. It features 55 of their key works presented chronologically with an accessible introduction and critical commentaries, telling both the photographer’s story and the story of the world that shaped their views.