Biography

Born in 1883 in St. Petersburg, photographer Viktor Bulla, son of Russian photographer Karl Bulla began his career in his family photo agency.  He first received recognition on his own during the Russian-Japanese war at age 19.  During this time, Bulla held the position of photojournalist to the Siberian Reserve Brigade. His works were published in the journals Nivaand Sparks and later reprinted in Russian newspapers and magazines.  Known for being in the center of events he was awared a silver medal "For Courage," and the St. George ribbon, which was worn on the right side of the chest.  

After the war, Bulla returned to work with his family and soon developed an interest in newsreels. In 1909 he and his brother Alexander partnered up to release new products.  The partnership "Apollo" focused on producing and distributing newsreels and nature films in which Bulla was the camerman, producer, and director.  The two year partnership successfully released about 40 films. 

After the beginning of World War I, Bulla returned to work in his father's photo agency shooting numerous events of 1917-1918, including the documentary film on the February Revolution of 1917, the "Chronicle of the revolution in Petrograd."  Bulla then photographed the events of the October 1917 uprising and directed the photography of the Petrograd Soviet.  He also created portraits of Grigori Zinoviev, Lev Kamentsev, Stalin and other Soviet and Party leaders. 

in 1928 Bulla and his brother submitted 30 photographs to the exhibition "Soviet Photograhy over 10 years," where he was awarded with an honorary diploma.  In 1938, Bulla was arrested following a denunication from an employee of the Bulla photo agency.  He was accused of being an 'Enemy of the people,' and was exiled to the Far East, where he died in 1938.