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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Charles H. Bell

Dates:  1907, 24 September - 2003, 12 April
Born:  US, MN, Minneapolis
Died:  US, CA, Santa Barbara

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Approved biography for Charles H. Bell
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Charles H. Bell was a charter member of the Minneapolis Camera Club, which formed in 1931. He exhibited in the Minneapolis Salon of Photography from 1932 to 1935, the same years that his brother, James Ford Bell, Jr., did. Among his entries was one made with a paper negative, a process that allowed for hand manipulation of the image, and one depicting the black sands on Hawaii’s largest island, indicating that he had traveled there. He resigned from the club in 1940.
Bell was born in Minneapolis on September 24, 1907. The son of the founder of General Mills, he worked at the company for forty-seven years, joining it when he was twenty-two. Bell expanded the family business beyond milling into the manufacture of toys, food, and clothing. He was president of General Mills from 1952 to 1961, chairman from 1961 to 1967, and on the board until 1977, though he retired in 1969. Outside of work, he was active in conservation, education, and the arts, becoming a life trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Charles H. Bell died in Santa Barbara, California, on April 12, 2003. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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