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Harry Benson

Scottish, b. 1929

Iconic photographer Harry Benson has captured some of the most pivotal moments in modern history. Always in the right place at the right time, Benson used his camera lens to give the world a glimpse into events that rocked the globe. His black and white and color photographs include shots of celebrities, politicians, royalty, political upheavals and social revolutions. His contributions to photography are widely celebrated and recognized.

One of the first highlights of Benson's career was touring with the Beatles in February of 1964. While at the Hotel George V in Paris, he snapped the famous images of the band having a playful pillow fight. Benson stayed in America after the Beatles' first visit to the States and started working for Life in 1968. He was under contract with the magazine from 1970 to 2000.

Benson was on assignment for Life during the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy — just steps behind the senator when it occurred. After the shot rang out, Benson told himself, "this is for history, pull yourself together, fail tomorrow, not today," and documented the moment that Kennedy lay on the floor.

In 1989, Benson photographed the student protests in Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall. He was with President Clinton on his historic visit to Kosovo in 1999 and captured New York City in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Benson has also photographed every president since Eisenhower and taken numerous images of Queen Elizabeth II.

Over the course of his long career, Benson's photographs have appeared in Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Time, GQ, Newsweek, Vice, Architectural Digest and more. His works are held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Benson has earned extensive accolades for his work in photography.  The National Press Photographers Association twice named him “Magazine Photographer of the Year.” He has also received several lifetime achievement awards, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Glasgow University and The University of St. Andrews, and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society.

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Once There Was A Way (Signed)
By Harry Benson
Located in Toronto, ON
A collection of photographs taken by a photographer commissioned to document Beatles on their 1964 tour of America is presented in a beautiful large-format style capturing all the gr...
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The Beatles on the Road 1964-1966 (Signed)
By Harry Benson
Located in Toronto, ON
These photos convey a really happy period for them and for me. It all comes down to music, they were without a doubt the greatest band of the 20th century, and that's why these photo...
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Paul 1964
By Harry Benson
Located in Toronto, ON
4" x 5" Unframed Closed Edition Photograph MAGNUM Photography Hand Signed by Harry Benson
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Late 20th Century Harry Benson

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Being There: Photography of Harry Benson by Harry Benson & Roger Hargreaves
By Harry Benson
Located in Toronto, ON
Harry Benson has enjoyed an extraordinary and unprecedented career as a photojournalist gaining access to some of the key figures of the last fifty years often at decisive moments of...
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Her Majesty. Vivienne Westwood Edition No. 1-500. 'Royal Greeting'
By Harry Benson
Located in Toronto, ON
Born in 1926, married in 1947, crowned as Queen in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II has carried out her royal duty for more than six decades. This book tells her remarkable royal story throu...
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The Pillow Fight
By Harry Benson
Located in Toronto, ON
23" x 23" Unframed Limited Edition 5/35 Hand Signed by Harry Benson 1964 printed 2012 "Harry Benson’s self-described “one photograph” is Beatles’ Pillow...
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1960s Harry Benson

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We Shall Overcome (The James Meredith March Against Fear), June 1966
By Harry Benson
Located in Toronto, ON
4" x 5" Unframed Closed Edition Photograph MAGNUM Photography Hand Signed by Harry Benson
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Late 20th Century Harry Benson

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By Harry Benson
Located in Toronto, ON
Born December 2, 1929 in Glasgow, Scotland, Harry Benson is a living legend in the world of photography. He is best known for his work with celebrities, and he has won numerous award...
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