Bernice Kolko

Bernice Kolko, Brief chronology.




1905 November 2, born in Grayevo, Poland. The youngest from two brothers and one sister.

1920 The Kolko family emigrates to USA.

1926 She graduates at Crane High School of Chicago and gets married in the same city.

1929 Her son Eugene is born in New York City.

1932 Travels to Europe. At Vienna University, she follows a Photography course with professor Rudolf Koppitz. There is some photographs from that period.

1934 Returns to the United States and works as an independent photographer in New York.

1935 Participates in Collective Exhibition at R.K.O. building, New York as well as the Arts and History Museum in Evansville, Indiana, USA.

1942 Works during Second world war at Lockheed factory, Los Angeles, California.

1944 With a license from the factory she enlists in Women's Army Corps, as photographer.

1946/7 Lives in Riverside, California. She works in experimental photographic work and follow courses of commercial photography at the Art Center School, Los Angeles, California. She meets Man Ray.

1951 Studies at the Los Angeles City college, Los Angeles, California. Arrives in Mexico in October to spend her holidays. She starts her project Women of Mexico.

1953 Establishes a close friendship with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Rivera writes a brief text introducing her photographic work.

1955 Bellas Artes National Institute exhibit Women of Mexico, first individual exhibition in Mexico and probably the first woman photographer to exhibit in Bellas Artes, Mexico. She gets close to David Alfaro Siqueiros as well as to Chavez Morado and Olga Costa, painters.

1961 Exhibits Rostros de México (Faces of Mexico) at the Guanajuato University, Guanajuato, Mexico. Travels in Israel and exhibits 122 photographs of Faces of Mexico in Jerusalem, Israel.

1962 The magazine Artes de México dedicates a special number to Markets and Merchants illustrated with her photographs. Travels in Asia: Saigon, Karachi, Birmania, Formosa, India, Thailand and Japan.

1966 Exhibits experimental photography at the gallery of the Mexican American Cultural relations Institute, Mexico City. The University of Mexico publishes her book Faces of Mexico and the Anthropology Institute exhibits The Indian world of Bernice Kolko. Travels in South America: Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina.

1970 Exhibits Faces of Mexico in Puebla and the Museum of Man in San Diego, California. Dies in Mexico City around December 15 while preparing a trip to South America.