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Born: Henry Hamilton Bennett 
Dates:  1843 - 1908
Born:  Canada, QC, Farnham
Died:  US, WI, Madison
Active:  US
19th century American landscape photographer, producer of stereograph views, inventor, promoter and entrepreneur; known as the "man who made Wisconsin Dells famous". He worked from 1865 to 1908 building a new studio in 1875. The Studio is the oldest family operated studio in America (1865-1998) and one of the oldest continually operated studios in America.
In 1998 the family gave the Studio, additional property, and entire collection to the Wisconsin Historical Society and it was opened to the public in June 2000. 
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Kilbourn City, WI, US 
[6-0] *[Henry Hamilton Bennett] "Photographed and Published by..."; Issued many series: "Wayside Gems", "St. Paul Ice Carnival", "Devils Lake & Vicinity", "Wanderings Among the Wonders & Beauties of Wisconsin Scenery"; "In & About the Dells of the Wisconsin River", "In a Camp of Deer Hunters", "A Summer In Japan" (24 views photog. by William Metcalf); "Milwaukee & Vicinity", pub. by J.C. Iverson & Co.; "Among the Bluffs & Scenery of the Upper Mississippi", "Views along the line of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul R.R." B. 1/15/43, Farnham, P.Q., Can.; lived VT, came to WI 57 as carpenter; served Union Army, wounded in hand, active GAR; bought tintype studio from Leroy Gates 65 and converted to photog.; active photog. most of life; D. 1/1/08. Also worked in other formats; catalog exists. Studio still in operation (1994) by descendants and prints available from original negs. SEE book, PIONEER PHOTOGRAPHER, Sara Rath, Tamarack Press, Madison, WI 1979. Major collections of views & negs. at Bennett studio; The Treadwell Collection; Larry Hess. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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H.H. Bennett
Henry Hamilton Bennett with his Family 
1888 (ca)
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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

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H. H. Bennett Studio & History Center ... 
Henry Hamilton Bennett (1843-1908) was a 19th photographic pioneer and inventor. The Wisconsin Historical Society manages his studio which has been renovated to as it was in 1908. 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Sobieszek, Robert A. and Deborah Irmas 1994 the camera i: Photographic Self-Portraits (Los Angeles: LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art) p.207, Plate 8 [When the Audrey and Sydney Irmas collection was donated to LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1992 the museum gained a remarkable collection of self portraits of notable photographers. If you need a portrait of H.H. Bennett this is a useful starting point.] 
• Szarkowski, John 1973 Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York: The Museum of Modern Art) p.44 [Analyzes a single photograph by H.H. Bennett.] 
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