Born in New Jersey in 1942, Wessel first discovered photography after having completed studies in Psychology. Following a photography internship in New York, his success was immediate; already in 1973 he was given a solo exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art. His participation in the seminal New Topographics: Photographs of the Man-!Altered! Landscape group exhibition at the George Eastman House in Rochester in 1975, established him definitively as a representative of a new, objective way of looking at landscapes. Not least thanks to nearly three decades tutoring at the San Francisco Art Institute, Wessel has had significant influence on generations of photographers.
The multi-award-winning Henry Wessel, has now passed away in Richmond, California. He was 76 years of age.