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Nationality  Scottish
Role  Photographer
Name  Harry Benson
Occupation  Photographer

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Born  December 2, 1929 (1929-12-02) Glasgow, Scotland
Notable work  The Beatles inaugural trip to the United States (1964)
Children  Wendy Benson-Landes, Tessa Benson
Grandchildren  Mimi Landes, Dominic Landes
Awards  World Press Photo Award for People in the News
Books  The Beatles On the Road, Harry Benson: fifty years, The President and Mrs, The Beatles ‑ On the R
Similar People  Wendy Benson‑Landes, Lyle Owerko, Jeff Widener, Neil Leifer, Douglas Kirkland

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Harry James Benson is a Scottish photographer. His photographs of celebrities have been published in magazines. He has published several books and won a number of prominent awards.


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Life and work

Benson was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

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His pictures have appeared in Life,Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. He took over a hundred cover shots for People.

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Benson was assigned to travel with The Beatles on their inaugural American tour in 1964. One of his most recognizable images shows the band in a gleeful pillow fight in a hotel room in Paris Other celebrities Benson has photographed include Bobby Fischer, Michael Jackson, who allowed him access to his bedroom, and Elizabeth Taylor, whom Benson photographed before and after her brain surgery. He has also photographed political figures, including every US president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, and covered war zones. Benson was standing next to Robert F. Kennedy when the Senator was shot on June 5, 1968 and has remarked on the difficulty of steeling himself in order to document the historic moment: "I kept telling myself 'this is for history, pull yourself together, fail tomorrow, not today'."

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Benson has been the subject of many exhibitions, including one organized by the Scottish National Portrait Galley at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.

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He has published several books.

Benson was the recipient of the 2005 Lucie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Portrait Photography and the 2005 American Photo Award for Photography. He has twice been named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (1981 and 1985). He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Press Photography Awards in April 2006. Benson was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2009. Benson was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. In 2014, he took an official photographic portrait of the Queen, commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This was over fifty years after his first portrait of the Queen, taken when she opened a coal mine in 1957.

He was the subject of a BBC Scotland documentary titled Photography: Harry Benson (1985), directed by Ken MacGregor and written by William McIlvanney.

His daughter is American actress Wendy Benson.


  • Harry Benson: 50 Years in Pictures. 2001. ISBN 0-8109-4171-6
  • Once there was a way... Photographs of the Beatles. 2003. ISBN 0-8109-4643-2
  • Harry Benson's America. 2005. ISBN 0-8109-5896-1
  • Harry Benson's Glasgow. 2007. ISBN 978-1-84502-236-5
  • Harry Benson. The Beatles. Cologne: Taschen, 2013. ISBN 978-3-8365-3322-5
  • References

    Harry Benson Wikipedia