Renie Bardeau


Renie Bardeau, who served as Chief Photographer and Photo Archivist at Disneyland (Anaheim, Calif.) for nearly 40 years until his retirement in July 1998, has received the highest and rarest honor awarded to Disneyland Cast Members - a window on Main Street, U.S.A. The window reads: "Kingdom Photo Services - Magic Eye to the World - Renié Bardeau, photographer/archivist." Appropriately located over the Main Street Photo Supply Co., it celebrates Bardeau's career in which he snapped more than one million photographs at the world's most famous theme park. During his tenure, Bardeau photographed everything and everybody from Walt Disney and then-Vice President, Richard Nixon, at the opening of the Disneyland Monorail System in 1959, to Elizabeth Taylor at her extravagant 1992 birthday party, plus thousands of other celebrities, athletes and dignitaries. Of his occupation, Bardeau said, "This job is really an art and taxes your creative juices. How many ways can you photograph the Matterhorn and make it interesting? There is a way. I'm always looking for a different angle."