Biography


Born in San Francisco in 1939, the Bay Area photographer and teacher Jack Fulton has produced during his more than five-decade career a vast oeuvre characterized by boundless creativity and experimentation. His investigations into color techniques, materials and processes received early critical attention, with his inclusion into numerous museum survey shows, including:

  • California Photography since 1945, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, touring from 1984 to 1988
  • Contemporary Photography -The California Focus, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 1995
  • American Photography Today, University of Denver, Colorado, 1982
  • New American Color Photography, Institute for Contemporary Art, London, England, 1981

Fulton’s photographic work has been recognized in more than thirty solo exhibitions and more than fifty group exhibitions in museums and galleries nationwide and abroad. He has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Marin Arts Council, and a publishing grant from the Nevada Arts Commission. In 1985, he was awarded the Eugene Atget Award by Air France and his work was added in the permanent collection National Museum of Modern Art in Paris and Bibliothèque Nationale. He was awarded lectureships at the University of California, Santa Cruz (for 20 years), the University of California, San Diego, and Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts, Philadelphia). He has also taught at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada; Ansel Adams Yosemite workshops; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado; and in Lisbon Portugal.

Fulton’s photographs are in the permanent collection of: The San Francisco Museum of Art (SFMOMA); the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California; Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles, California,; Chicago Art Institute; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; National Museum of Modern Art in Paris; di Rosa Preserve, Napa, California; San Francisco Art Commission, San Francisco, California; and various corporate (Seagram, Unocal) and private collections.

Jack Fulton became a photography professor at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 1969 and served intermittently as Chairman of the Photography department for over twenty of his forty-five-year teaching career. Utilizing his broad range of interests and experience in the varied fields of architecture, design, and films, Fulton in the 1960s made the SFAI photography department an influential and important program well ahead of its time, redesigning the laboratory through a federal grant and establishing the state-of-the-art digital environment with support from the Epson printer company.

Alongside Fulton’s personal creative work are photographs deriving from collaborations with other artists such as Bruce Nauman; an archive of images produced over twenty years of field trips to Nevada with landscape photography students; and bodies of work reflecting Fulton’s engagement with the social and cultural changes in the Bay area and his travels around the country and the world.

Retired from teaching since 2013, Fulton continues to create new work in photography, publications, film and video from his home in Marin County, California.