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.