Wiener studied political science and geography at University of California at Los Angeles from 1948 to 1952.
Wiener formed his own company in 1958. He became noted for his innovative combination of cameras and lenses; setups he designed himself to achieve the images he desired. He worked as a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times from 1950 to 1957, with a break from 1952 to 1954 to serve in the U.S. Army. When photographing people, Wiener had the keen ability to capture the context of the moment while focusing squarely on the subject, inherently isolating the essential from the non-essential; the emotional state of the subject at the precise moment of the shutter-click expressed.
Working as an editorial and illustration photographer, Wiener does special assignments that have included photographing Senator John F. Kennedy on his presidential campaign, three atomic bomb tests and the high-altitude hydrogen bomb tests (for Life).
A member of the Los Angeles Press Photographers Association.