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Bennett (Walter E.) photographic collection
LSC.0686  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Walter E. Bennett photographic collection
    Creator: Bennett, Walter E. (Walter Edward)
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0686
    Physical Description: 4 Linear Feet (8 boxes, 1 oversize box)
    Date (inclusive): 1937-1983
    Date (bulk): 1952-1982
    Abstract: 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 career.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Use and Reproduction

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Walter E. Bennett Photographic collection (Collection 686). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Lisa Bennett, 2005.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Tim Holland in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Elizabeth Sheehan, Spring 2006.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5373515  

    Biography/History

    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.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of photographic materials such as prints, negatives and slides taken by Walter E. Bennett. It also includes miscellaneous manuscripts and ephemera related to Bennett's life and career, such as scrapbooks, clippings, and letters. Bennett's photography documents public figures in Washington D.C., from Presidents Eisenhower through Reagan. The images include portraits of notable politicians and celebrities, shots of anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights protests and marches, foreign travels and campaign trails of presidents, political party conventions, and The Beatles' 1964 and 1966 Washington D.C. concerts and press conferences. Many of the images are unpublished.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Miscellaneous, 1937-1982
    2. Prints, 1955-1984
    3. Slides, 1952-1981
    4. Loose negatives, 1953-1982
    5. Batched negatives, 1953-1967

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    News photographs.
    News photographers -- Archives.
    Bennett, Walter E. (Walter Edward)