I was an editorial fashion and portrait photographer in NYC and London for 18 years. Notable subjects include Kevin Bacon, Lenny Kravitz, Kate Moss, Morgan Freeman, Captain Beefheart, Sinead O’Connor and many other actors and musicians. My work was featured in Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, Vogue, British Elle, Bomb, and album covers. I was a rare woman in a very, very male-dominated field, trying to capture the female figure and attitude in the form of a narrative. Preview the collection of my best photographs from 1979-2016 here (some below; scroll down). Purchase the book at Amazon.
The photographs I made for myself were my best, and that is what is collected here. I could work intuitively without the input of a client. This is what I showed in my portfolio.
The theatrical potential of photography excites me. It evolved and expanded into my work as a painter. I am the director, and the models or figures are the actors. The story is often absurdist – a theme I continue to explore later with oil paintings inspired by my photographs. Visual narratives, the images present heroines balancing feelings of mystery or foreboding with a sense of celebration. They have some kind of task or important mission. The images are about the hardest part of the trip; the intersection between potential and conflict.
(If I used my photograph as inspiration for an artwork, I’ve included it under the image of the painting)
Bullwinkel loves mixing “danger and fun” in order to synthesize the light and dark aspects of life. She puts, in the words of the symbolist Odilon Redon, ‘the logic of the visible … at the service of the invisible.’ “
– DeWitt Cheng