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H. H. Bennett – Photographer Extraordinaire

During a career that lasted from 1865 to 1908, H. H. Bennett photographed the rugged landscape of his beloved Wisconsin Dells, and became one of the premier photographers of the era. He captured the Wisconsin River, its rock formations, tourist visitors, lumber rafters, Ho-Chunk residents, steamboats and much more. Bennett loved the natural landscape of the river and spent his life conveying its beauty and many moods to the public.

As a photographer he also traveled the state and regions nearby to create stunning images of Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Chicago. In Milwaukee Bennett applied his artistry to street scenes and the harbor; in Minneapolis he focused his lens on the Winter carnival and its ice palace; in Chicago he created unique images of popular large scale panorama paintings such as the Gettysburg Cyclorama and of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. For the Exposition, he also photographed Wisconsin state educational, welfare, and penal institutions.

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