Walter E. Bennett (1921-1995) was the
first salaried photographer for
Time, where he worked from 1952 to 1982. The
collection consists of photographic materials such as prints, negatives and slides. It also
includes miscellaneous manuscripts and ephemera related to Bennett's life and
Walter Edward Bennett was born on August 16, 1921 in the London suburb of Hornsey, England.
He attended John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles, where he was first exposed to
photography through a vocational training class. On November 11, 1942 Bennett joined the
Army as a camera man and photo lab tech. He was honorably discharged on January 3, 1946 from
the 18th Reinforcement Battalion. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Bennett became a life guard
at Hermosa Beach. In 1952, Bennett was hired by Time and became the
first-ever salaried photographer at the magazine. For the next 30 years, Bennett worked
primarily in Washington D.C. where he photographed presidents, politicians, foreign
dignitaries, events, and notable personalities. During this time, Bennett was sent on
numerous assignments to photograph presidents during visits of state. Bennett's proximity
and longevity in the press arena of Washington D.C. led to his befriending a number of
politicians, such as Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey and members of the Kennedy family.
Bennett retired in 1982 and died on April 29, 1995.
Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All
other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the
responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not
hold the copyright.