In the 1920s, Will Connell became a self-taught photographer. In 1925, he opened a studio in Los Angeles. He was a member of the Camera Pictorialists along with Edward Weston. In 1931, Connell started a thirty-year teaching career at the Art Center College of Design that ended with his death in 1961. His work, in addition to teaching nights, included publicity shots for the movie studios, magazine work and various types of commercial photography. He was one of the first photojournalists and illustrated numerous articles for Colliers and The Saturday Evening Post.
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