November 2nd, born in Grayevo², Poland.
Death of her father in Poland.
The Kolko family emigrates to the U.S.A.
Her mother passed away.
She graduates at Crane High School of Chicago and get married in the same city.
Her son Eugene is born in New York City. Her American naturalization certificate is dated March 12th and indicates an address in Brooklyn, New York.
Travels to Europe. In Vienna she studies with Rudolf Koppitz. There are some pictures from that period.
Spends a few months in Paris and establishes contacts with painters and photographers.
Returns to the U.S.A. In New York she dedicates herself to photography.
Participates in a collective exhibition at RKO building, New York as well as the Arts and History Museum in Evansville, Indiana, USA. She appears, with her son in a photograph taken from Serguei Einsenstein (Russian film maker) in the boat he arrived to the USA.
Participates in a collective exhibition at the Photographic Society of America, New York, related to the World Fair.
Participates in a collective exhibition organized by the Rolleiflex camera representants.
Individual show of Faces at WPA (School project) for New York students.
Works during Second world war at the photography department of the Lockheed factory in Los Angeles, California.
With a license from the factory, she enlists in the Women’s Army Corps as a photographer.
Lives in Riverside, California. She works in experimental photographic work and follows courses of commercial photography at the Art Center School, Los Angeles. She meets Man Ray.
Participates in a collective exhibition at Fraymart Gallery, Los Angeles.
Participates in a collective exhibition at Forsyte Gallery, Los Angeles. She reads conferences and participates in round tables about photography function. Her son, Eugene, enlisted in the 9th Company C of the US Marines is part of the USS Providence crew.
Studies at the Los Angeles City College. Arrives in Mexico in October to spend her holidays. She carries her equipment and some prints of her experimental work. Mexican Art critic Antonio Rodriguez writes enthusiastically about her work in local publications: Mañana (October 20, 1951 and March 1952), Espacios (February 25, 1952) and El Nacional. Mexico attracts her and with her Army Veteran pension from the USA (she is classified hundred per cent invalid due to an advanced arthritis) she decides to establish herself in Mexico to develop her photography. She creates her project Women of Mexico.
Establishes a close friendship with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. She had met Rivera in Detroit and he had invited her to visit Mexico. Rivera writes a brief text introducing her photographic work.
Bellas Artes National Institute exhibit Women of Mexico, first individual exhibition in Mexico and probably the first woman photographer to exhibit there. She gets close to David A. Siqueiros as well as to Chavez Morado and Olga Costa, painters.
Exhibits Women of Mexico at the Gallery of the Israeli Sporting Club of Mexico and at the Los Angeles County Museum. Exhibits in La casa de los amigos (The friends house), and dictates a conference about her experience as a photographer and her life in Mexico.
Exhibits Women of Mexico at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada and at the De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California.
Exhibits at the Israeli Center of Beverly Hills, California. 20 large format photographs at the National Auditorium of Mexico. Large format photos in the Mexican pavilion at the Universal exhibition in Brussels, Belgium. Participates in a collective exhibition at the Gallery of the Israeli Sporting Club in Mexico City.
Exhibits at the Cultural festival for the third panamerican games in Chicago. Participates in a collective exhibition with the group La Ventana (the window) at the Gallery of the Israeli Sporting Club in Mexico City. Exhibits at the House of Mexico in the Paris University, France. Magazine Artes de Mexico publishes a special number with her photographs.
Exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art of Mexico city. Participates in the exhibition 150 years of Mexican Independence at the Modern Art Museum of Miami, Florida.
Exibits Rostros de Mexico (Faces of Mexico) at the Guanajuato University, Mexico. Travels in Israel and exhibits 122 photographs of Faces of Mexico in Jerusalem, Israel.
The magazine Artes de Mexico dedicates a special number to Markets and Merchants illustrated with her photographs. Travels in Asia.
Exhibits Faces of Israel at the Chapultepec Gallery, INBA, Mexico and a book on the subject is published. Exhibits the same subject in Casa del Lago, Mexico. Exhibits Human landscapes from Asia during the culture journeys in Puebla, Mexico. Exhibits at the Teatro de la Paz in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and in the Center for artistic initiation in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Travles in Europe: Photographs from London, Paris, Florence, Amsterdam and Yugoslavia. Travels in Ethiopia. Exhibits Faces of Mexico in Monterrey, Mexico.
Exhibits Faces of Ethiopia at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico.
Exhibits experimental photography at the gallery of the Mexican American Cultural Relations Institute, Mexico City. The University of Mexicopublishes her book Faces of Mexico and the Anthropology Institute exhibits The Indian world of Bernice Kolko. She travels in South America: Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina.
Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City exhibits Faces of Asia. Faces of Mexico and Faces of Ethiopia travels in different states of Mexico. Exhibits Surrealism and fantastic art in Mexico (her experimental work), at the Aristos Gallery of the University of Mexico. The Anthropology Institute edits the book Mexican Outlook.
Exhibits at different Mexican galleries. Travels in Jamaica and Trinidad.
Exhibits at the Social Center Leandro Valle, Mexico. Exhibits at Casa del Lago; Images of Trinidad and Jamaica. Exhibits at the Guanajuato University. Faces of Ethiopia in Cuernavaca and Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Exhibits Faces of Mexico in Puebla and the Museum of Man in San Diego, California. Dies in Mexico City around December 15th while preparing a trip to South America. From her last year there are photographs from Cuetzalan, Puebla, Mexico in April, Berkeley and San Francisco in August, Chicago and New York in September.
Publication of the book Bernice Kolko Photographer