audrey in checked coat, 11 x 14, silver gelatin print

Audrey In Checked Coat, 11 x 14, silver gelatin print

Many of my photographs are inspirations for paintings.
Some of my favorite images are below, mostly black and white.

Born in Northern California, I spent my childhood making little clay animals in my mom’s ceramic studio, playing for hours in the woods, and concentrating fully on imaginary characters I invented. A bachelor’s degree in English literature from UC Berkeley led to a career as an editorial fashion and portrait photographer in NYC and London for 18 years. Notable subjects include a young Kate Moss, Kevin Bacon, Morgan Freeman, Lenny Kravitz and many others, with my work included in Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, Vogue, British Elle, and album covers for popular artists.
I was a rare woman in a very male-dominated field, trying to capture the female figure and attitude in the form of a narrative. But the photographs I made for myself were my best, and that is what is collected here. The theatrical potential of photography captivates me. Naturally, I am the director, and the models are the actors. The story is usually fantastical and sometimes absurdist – a theme I continue to explore for the last 22 years by making oil paintings inspired by my photographs. Allegorical and narrative, 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 photographs are about the hardest part of the trip; the intersection between potential and conflict.

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


If I used my photograph as inspiration for an artwork, I’ve included it under the image.
Here is a link to my new 2021 book of my best photographs from 1979-2016.

Audrey in Black Scarf

Audrey in Black Scarf, silver gelatin print 11×14



self portrait

Self Portrait, Berkeley, silver digital print

Ellen The Magnificent, color dye transfer print

bowlmore, silver gelatin print, 11 x 14

Bowlmore Lanes, Downtown NYC, archival digital print

sonia on the road

Sonia on the Road, East Village, archival digital print 8×10 inches.

traveler india, silver gelatin print with toner

Traveler, silver gelatin print with toner

tony, silver gelatin print, 8 x 10 inches

Tony, silver gelatin print, mordencage effect, 8 x 10 inches

sophia, 11 x 14 inches, silver gelatin print

Sophia, 11 x 14 inches, silver gelatin print, mordencage effect

bathtub theatre, silver gelatin print, 11 x 14

Bathtub Theatre, silver gelatin print, 11 x 14

cecilia, silver gelatin print

Cecilia, silver gelatin print

milanese street performer

Rope (Milan), archival digital print. On the other end was a fabulous escape artist.

3 mannequins

3 Mannequins East Village 80’s, archival digital print

stripes train station, interview magazine

Stripes Train Station, Interview Magazine, color dye transfer print. I am obsessed with stripes.

blitz blue hat

Blue Hat, Blitz magazine

tub shot

Tub, silver gelatin print, 11 x 14

self portrait nyc

Self Portrait with Jim, Downtown NYC 1980’s, archival digital print


parking lot scene

Parking Lot Scene, digital archival print. My children.

tea party brouhaha

Tea Party Brouhaha, digital archival print. Currently being painted.

violet and esme

Violet and Esmé,  mordencage effect on silver gelatin paper. My children.


Awake, silver gelatin paper with toner


Esther and Granddaughter, archival digital print

light out for the territory, silver gelatin print

Light Out for the Territory, silver gelatin print

rest time

Rest Time, digital print

quintana and joan

Quintana and Joan, NYC. Quintana was my friend and a photo editor at Elle Decor.


Carousel Baby, archival digital print

white bears

White Bears, archival digital print


Plaza Girls, digital image made on iphone

Plaza Girls, digital image made on iphone


Flower Girl, silver gelatin print 11 x 14 inches

Flower Girl, silver gelatin print 11 x 14 inches

Living Room With Saw, digital color

Living Room With Saw, digital color