Soul of the River

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Sunday, October 26, 2014

10 am-4 pm

EnlargePhotograph of sunrise over cliffs of the Dells of the Wisconsin river

Dells of the Wisconsin River, by
Joseph Leute


View a collection of stunning contemporary photographs featuring landscapes by Wisconsin Dells photographer Joseph Leute. Leute has spent the last 10 years creating his Wisconsin River series and has roughly 20 images on display at the studio, all in large format.

Leute grew up in Wisconsin Dells — his family home was just steps from the river — and he spent countless hours as a young boy roaming the pine forests, sandstone bluffs of the narrows, sandy shores and cool waters. However, after studying photography at the University of Wisconsinā€Madison, even taking a history of photography class that covered the work of Bennett, Leute still felt he needed to travel if he was to become a serious practitioner of the art. "What I discovered with my travels was that the inspiration was right here all along. It was the river, and it held the stories I wanted to tell through my photographs."

The show runs through October 26, 2014.


H.H. Bennett Studio
215 Broadway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Location Information

The historic 1875 studio of pioneer landscape photographer H.H. Bennett has been restored to its 1908 appearance. The studio and attached museum contain exhibits depicting the life and times of the man whose work brought tourists by the trainload to marvel at the beauty of the rugged Wisconsin Dells beginning in the late 19th century. Exhibits depict Bennett's prolific career, and high-end computer monitors reveal magnificent 3-D panoramas he captured on stereographic cameras he built by hand.

Accessibility Information

The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.