Timeline

1942
Born in Teaneck, New Jersey
1966
Pennsylvania State University, B.A.
1971
John Simmon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1972
State University of New York at Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop, M.F.A.
1975
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1977
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1978
National Endowment for the Arts Survey Grant
1979
John Simmon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
Lives and works in Point Richmond, California

Exhibitions

2011
Vintage Work, Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2011
Waikiki, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2011
Seismic Shift, UCR / California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA, USA
2011
Here, Pier 24 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA
2011
Sammlung Falckenberg, Phoenix Hallen, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2011
Hyper Real - Kunst und Amerika um 1970, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
2011
New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, SK-Stiftung, Cologne, Germany
2010–2011
New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, Landesgalerie Linz, Austria
2010
Le paradis, ou presque : Los Angeles [1865-2008], Musee Nicephore Niepce, Chalon-sur- Saone, France
2010
New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, Los Angeles County Museum of Art /LACMA), Los Angeles, California, USA
2009–2010
Henry Wessel - Photographs, Staedtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany (solo)
2009–2010
Henry Wessel - Photographs, Staedtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany (solo)
2009
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE : LOS ANGELES (1865-2008), Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2008
Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2008
Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2007
Re-SITE-ing the West, Los Angeles County Museum of Art /LACMA), Los Angeles, California, USA
2007
Die Photographische Sammlung, SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2007
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2007
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2007
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Dialogues & Attitudes, Ludwig Museum, Cologne and Budapest, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
2007
Celebrity, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2006
The Gray Area: Uncertain Images (Bay Area Photography 1970s to Now), Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA
2005
Gary Winogrand and American Street Photographers Mitch Epstein, Lee Friedlander, Joel Meyerowitz, and Henry Wesse", foam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2005
Tree, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA2005 "Amerikanische Street Photography," Stadtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2005
Taking Place: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
2005
women, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA
2005
The Anniversary Show, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005
Contemporary Desert Photography: The Other Side of Paradise, Palm Springs Art Museum, CA
2005
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2004
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2004
From House to Home: Picturing Domesticity, Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
2004
Ditto: Multiples from the Collection, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
2004
About the House: From Architecture to the Domestic, Howard House, Seattle, WA
2004
Landscape, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003–2004
The Gray Area: Uncertain Images (Bay Area Photography 1970s to Now), California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2003
Scenery, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003
Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2002
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2002
Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2002
American Standard (Para) Normality and Everyday Life, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Masterpieces of California Photography: Capturing Light, 1850-2000, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
2001
Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, CA
2001
Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2000–2001
MOMA 2000, Modern Starts: People, Places, Things, Museum of Modern Art, NY
2000
Walker Evans & Company, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2000
Ditto, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1999
Gallery Luisotti Santa Monica (solo)
1998
Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1997
Icons; Magnets of Meaning, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, CA
1996
Gallery Ram, Santa Monica, CA (Solo)
1993
Critical Landscape, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Tokyo, Japan
1992
Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco (solo)
1991
Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1989
Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco (solo)
1988
International Museum of Photography Osaka, Japan
1988
Road and Roadside: American Photographs, 1930-1986, , San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
1987
Photographs from the Last Decade, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, CA
1987
Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1987
International Museum of Photography Osaka (solo)
1987
Min Gallery Tokyo (solo)
1984
Photography in California: 1945-1986, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
1981
American Landscapes; Photogrpahs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1981
Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco (solo)
1977
Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY (solo)
1976
Grossmont College San Diego
1975
New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, International Museum of Photography Rochester, NY
1973
Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY, USA (solo)

Public Collections

FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Britain
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA/ Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Literature

2011
Henry Wessel, Waikiki, Steidl, Göttingen
2007
Henry Wessel, Steidl, Göttingen
2006
Henry Wessel: California and the West; Odd Photos; Las Vegas; Real State Photographs; Night Walk (Five paperbacks in slipcase, limited edition of 1,500 copies) Steidl Publishers