About the Exhibition

June 1–September 15, 2019

MOWA | West Bend

From remote natural wonder to “Waterpark Capital of the World,” Wisconsin Dells has reigned supreme as the state’s premier tourist destination for nearly 160 years.

More than one hundred photographs from eight artists recount this fascinating history and transformation of place: Leroy J. Gates, the first photographer of the Dells, H. H. Bennett, the great nineteenth-century photographer touted as “the man who made the Wisconsin Dells famous,” H. H. Bennett Studio, John A. Trumble, who documented the Dells’ postwar tourist boom in the twentieth century, Dennis Darmek, and three contemporary Wisconsin photographers commissioned by MOWA Mark Brautigam, Tom Jones, and Kevin J. Miyazaki.


Image: H. H. Bennett, Ravine Bridge to Black Hawk Island, 1896. Albumen print on blue-tinted paper. Lent by Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS–64330