The North
CREDIT: John Bulmer

Engagement with John Bulmer

Event info

This first Engagement talk features Award Winning Documentary Photographer and Film Maker, John Bulmer

John was a pioneer of colour photography in the early 1960’s working for the Sunday Times Magazine from the very first issue till the 1970’s.

He photographed stories for Town Magazine, a fashion magazine that became well known for good photography, using others such as Terrence Donovan, David Bailey and Don McCullin.  John Bulmer did many ground-breaking stories for them including; The Black Country, Nelson, The North, as well as overseas stories in South America, Africa, New Guinea and Indonesia.

The Sunday Times then produced the first of the Colour Supplements, later copied by all the newspapers. John Bulmer shared the cover of the first issue with David Bailey.  Many of Bulmer’s most important assignments were abroad, but he was also acknowledged as an adroit recorder of provincial Britain. His reputation as a recorder of the industrial cityscape was probably gained at Town, where he was responsible for stories on Nelson, Lancashire, The Black Country, and The North is dead”

John moved into making documentary films. He filmed a programme on the life of Van Gogh in the South of France, directed by Mai Zetterling, and went on to direct many films on travel and untouched tribes in the most inaccessible parts of the world. These were primarily shown on BBC, Nat Geo and Discovery Channel.

The event will be around 90 minute and is Free.  It will NOT be recorded. 

John's work can be found here:

He has published two books with Bluecoat Press:

The North

Wind of Change


Engagement - is a series of online talks by established and upcoming photographers working on documentary and long term projects.  We plan to host about one talk per month, via Zoom. Watch our Events pages for more details and booking information. 

Event Organiser

Mark Phillips




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