(1898 - 1961)
Will Connell was active/lived in Kansas, California. Will Connell is known for Photography.
Biography Will Connell
Connell was born on July 31, 1898 in McPherson, Kansas. Family moved first to Portland, OR and then to Los Angeles, CA. In the 1920s, Connell became a self-taught photographer, learning on a four-by-five camera. In 1925, he opened a studio on Seventh Street in downtown Los Angeles and started to exhibit in Pictorialist exhibits with good success. He was a member of the Camera Pictorialists along with Edward Weston, Louis Fleckenstein, and others. He was also a member of a group of prominent Los Angelenos who met regularly at Jake Zeitlin's
bookshop. In 1931, Connell started a thirty year teaching career at the Art Center College of Design that ended with his death in 1961. Will closed his downtown stud
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
U.S. Federal Census 1930; Online Archive of California,
http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=tf5199n9r9&doc.view=entire_text&brand=oac, accessed Sept. 30, 2007.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.
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