High Museum brings midcentury photography master from the shadows

"Color Light Abstraction 1076" by Wynn Bullock, in a retrospective exhibit opening Saturday at the High Museum.

“Color Light Abstraction 1076” by Wynn Bullock, in a retrospective exhibit opening Saturday at the High Museum.

Wynn Bullock typed out an Albert Einstein quote he appreciated on an index card he used as a bookmark that could have served as a career leitmotif for the California photographer. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious,” it read, in part. “It is the source of all true art and science.”

The subject of a major retrospective opening Saturday at the High Museum of Art, Bullock was an artist with a scientist’s sensibility, inspired by physics and philosophy among other intellectual pursuits, using his camera to explore the seen and unseen world around him.

Though considered a master of mid-20th-century photography, Bullock is not as well known today as his contemporaries and friends Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Harry Callahan, the breadth of his career having slipped into the shadows since his 1975 death. The 108-image show “Wynn Bullock: Revelations,” the most comprehensive assessment of his output in nearly four decades, seeks to remedy that.

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“Wynn Bullock: Revelations”

Opens June 14, runs through Jan. 18. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Fridays), noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $19.50; $16.50, 65 and over and students; $12, ages 6-17; free, 5 and younger. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4200, http://www.high.org.

California College of the Arts professor and photographer Chris Johnson will speak about Bullock’s work at 7 p.m. June 19 in Hill Auditorium. Free, but RSVP suggested: 404-733-5000, http://www.high.org.


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