Henry Hamilton Bennett (1843–1908)

Born in Canada, but raised in Wisconsin, Bennett was a pioneer in photography, best known for his pictures of the Dells of the Wisconsin River. Wounded in the Civil War, he had to abandon his work in carpentry and purchased a photography studio instead, beginning his new career as a photographer. He specialised in landscapes, and his pictures of the Dells proved to be so popular that he is credited with establishing tourism to the Wisconsin Dells. He established H. H. Bennett Studio in 1875 that produced postcards and other items for the tourist trade. Bennett is credited with a number of innovations in the field of photography, including the first rotating solar print house, and the 'snapper,' an instant shutter-release device. His career declined after the advent of the portable camera, but he continued to work in his photography studio until his death.









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