Special Event

America and the Ambrotype

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Explore the past through a hands-on demonstration of the photographic technique which was the universal method used by virtually all photographers between 1860 and 1880.

A small pane of glass is exposed in a portable camera, and then developed. The image will appear as a negative until a black background in placed behind it.  Ambrotype photos are extremely durable and have withstood the test of time.

EnlargeDave Rambow making Ambrotypes on location.

Making Ambrotypes, 2015

Ft. Snelling, St. Paul, Minnesota


H.H. Bennett Studio
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.