Bruce Morton currently lives in his childhood home of Bowen, Illinois. The first seventeen years of his life were spent in this small village learning the do's and don'ts of rural life. But he wanted to escape the environment of gossip and everyone knowing everyone. In the next eight years he received a BS degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. Shortly thereafter he was invited to be a visiting artist in Derby, England.
Upon his return to the US, he moved back to Arizona for the next thirty three years. This time was a time to settle and pursue non-photographic resources to live. In 2007 he sold his handmade adobe home and returned to his homeland. This was a move to go back and photographically document the people and land of the area he once wanted to so badly leave.
Bruce has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States as well as Great Britain for over forty-five years. He has also been recognized in internet galleries and published in several blogs such as Lenscratch and F-stop Magazine. In 2013 Bruce self-published his first book titled "Forgottonia". It is a picture story book about the cycle of life in the rural area of far west central Illinois. It has ninety-one photographs in color and black and white with a forward by Aline Smithson and was edited by Paula Gillen. Forgottonia is currently in its third printing and is part of the libraries of the Southeast Museum of Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Harry Ransom Center, Austin, George Eastman House, Houston Center for Photography, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Lens Culture, Indie Photobook Library, and Photo-eye. More recent exhibitions include online exhibits with the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, the Keirnan Gallery, group exhibitions at the Perspective Gallery, the San Francisco International Exhibition, Photo Spivia, and the Currents Exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans. He has also been featured with the blogs of aCurator.com., aphotoeditor.com, all-about-photo.com, snappedaway.com, and PDN's Photo of the Day.
In December of 2016, Bruce published his second book of what will be a trilogy on Forgottonia. The title is FORGOTTONIA - The Audience. It is a study of the people within this 16 county region in far west central Illinois. The focus is on groups of people at events where they gather which includes county fairs, school programs, auctions, funerals, and church.
Bruce Morton Photography
P.O. Box 107
Bowen, IL 62316 USA