Biography and History

Born in Pennsylvania, Ben Wittick headed west in 1878 with his camera. Initially, he worked for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, but he later established a studio in Gallup, New Mexico, and then Fort Wingate. He was tireless in his exploration of the Southwest, the railroad, and the natives peoples. His images, photographs, and paintings, provide a fascinating window into the end of American westward expansion. Among his subjects were Apache, Navajo, and Zuni figures and genre and landscapes of Canyon de Chelly and other Navajo Reservation and Pueblo scenes. He died from a rattlesnake bite in 1903.

Source: From the finding aid for WC053