Biography


Born (1939 – ).
San Francisco, California

Jack Fulton’s photography career spans over five decades. He started as a photography professor at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 1969 and on and off Chairman of the Photography department for over 20 of his 45 years teaching until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 2013. With his experience and educational background in architecture, design, and films, Fulton was credited for putting the SFAI photography department ahead of its time in the 60s. He played a vital role in redesigning the laboratory through a grant from the federal government and establishing the state-of-the-art digital environment through Epson’s corporate support.

Deeply involved in the academic milieu, and primarily self-taught in photography, Fulton’s o’euvre is vast and characterized by boundless experimentation. His investigations in color techniques, materials and processes has received early critical attention, documented in numerous museum survey shows. Examples of these include: 1) The SFMOMA California Photography since 1945, (touring show 1984-8); 2) Contemporary Photography -The California Focus, Armand Hammer Museum, L. A, 1995; 3) American Photography Today, University of Denver, Colorado,1982; and 4) New American Color Photography at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA, 1981) in London. Other of Fulton’s key works came about as a result of his collaborations with other artists such as Bruce Nauman, his distinctive archive of more than 20 years of field trips with his students to Nevada, engagement with the social and cultural changes in the Bay area and his travels around the country and the world.

Fulton’s work has been recognized in over 30 solo exhibitions and over 50 group exhibitions in museums and galleries nationwide and abroad. He received numerous awards including (2) fellowships and a publishing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Marin Arts Council, 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 Biblioteque Nationale. Additional accolades include lectureships at University of California, Santa Cruz (for 20 years), The Belkin Wilderness talk at UC San Diego and Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts, Philadelphia). He has also taught Colorado College, Emily Carr in Vancouver, Ansel Adams Yosemite workshops, Anderson Ranch and in Lisbon Portugal in addition to a number of publications, film and video work.

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

Jack Fulton lives and works in Marin, California.