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Harry Benson, Scottish (b. 1929)
Harry Benson - Amy Winehouse, London
Harry Benson
Amy Winehouse, London
Infused Dyes Sublimated on Aluminum
2007, printed 2019
40 x 54 inches

Signed, titled, dated, and numbered (edition of 20) on verso

Harry Benson - John & Paul, Paris - TB
Harry Benson - Paul Hits John (pillow fight) - TB
Harry Benson - Beatles Composing, Paris - TB
Harry Benson - Beatles Composing, Paris (Times Three) - TB
Harry Benson - Pillow Fight x 9 - Beatles 40th Anniversary Photograph - TB
Harry Benson - Beatles Arrival in New York - 1964
Harry Benson - Ali Hits George, Miami - TB
Harry Benson - Ali wins in Miami (Ali on The Ropes) - TB
Harry Benson - Clay - Liston weigh in, Miami - TB
Harry Benson - Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger
Harry Benson - Andy Warhol with Camera at The Factory - TB
Harry Benson - Andy Warhol and Friends, The Factory, NYC - TB
Harry Benson - Frank & Mia, Capote Ball - TB
Harry Benson - Francis Bacon, Diptych - TB
Harry Benson - Alfred Hitchcock Portrait, LA - TB
Harry Benson - Judy Garland, Copenhagen - TB
Harry Benson - Godfather Brando, NYC - TB
Harry Benson - Godfather Pacino, NYC - TB
Harry Benson - James Brown, Atlanta - TB
Harry Benson - Tina and Janis - TB
Harry Benson - Dolly Parton, Nashville - TB
Harry Benson - Mick Jagger - TB
Harry Benson - The Who - TB
Harry Benson - Singer Ray Charles with Granddaughters - TB
Harry Benson - Francis Bacon, Metropolitan Museum, NYC - TB
Harry Benson - Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait - TB
Harry Benson - King Family (Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.) - TB
Harry Benson - Jacqueline Kennedy, London - TB
Harry Benson - President John F. Kennedy Portrait, Paris - TB
Harry Benson - J. F. K. and President Charles de Gaulle, Paris - TB
Harry Benson - Robert F. Kennedy, St. Patrick - TB
Harry Benson - Sir Winston Churchill at Harrow School
Harry Benson - Nixon at the Knesset, Israel - TB
Harry Benson - Veruschka and Giorgio di SantAngelo, New York - TB
Harry Benson - Jack Nicholson Contact Sheet - TB
Harry Benson - Berlin Kiss
Harry Benson - Glasgow Boys in Fountain - TB
Harry Benson - Dior #1 - TB
Harry Benson - Dior Comes to Glasgow - TB
Harry Benson - Michael Jackson on Throne - TB
Harry Benson - Christy Turlington in Vivienne Westwood Ball Gown - TB
Harry Benson - Galliano, Paris - TB
Harry Benson - Tivoli Marching Band, Copenhagen - TB
Harry Benson - Hans Christian Andersen, Tivoli, Copenhagen - TB
Harry Benson - Galliano, Paris #2 - TB
Harry Benson - Iman's Hands - TB
Harry Benson - Tivoli Sky Ride, Copenhagen - TB
Harry Benson - Halston Four Models - TB
Harry Benson - Andy Warhol (Times Six), New York - TB
Harry Benson - Reagans’ Dance, The White House - TB

Harry Benson’s exquisite portraits and incisive photojournalism bring the world to a standstill, breathing life into slices of history, while at the same time preserving them for the future. In order to capture these moments, Benson has spent over 60 years making sure to be in the right place at the right time. More than anything, Benson guides history with his pictures by “getting at the center of the story, not the edges.” Born in Glasgow amid the drama of WWII with bombs dropping overhead, Benson managed to escape through the lens of a camera. His curious fortune struck when he was given a particular assignment in 1964: to capture The Beatles in France and on their first journey to the United States. This experience not only made for some of the most famous Beatles photography, but also sent Benson’s life in a completely new direction. Once he came to America, he never went back.

Benson has photographed an amazing range of subjects including eleven US presidents and their families from Eisenhower to Obama. Portraits of major forces of the last half of the 20th century include Sir Winston Churchill, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, The King of Spain, Princess Diana, Princess Grace and Princess Caroline of Monaco, Prince Philip, Andy Warhol, Mohammed Ali, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Amy Winehouse, and Brad Pitt. During the civil war in the Dominican Republic, Benson was captured by both sides in one day. He caught the horror on Ethel Kennedy’s face after her husband Senator Robert Kennedy had been shot. Benson marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Civil Rights movement, covered wars in the Gulf, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and the list goes on.

In 2009, Benson was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire by HRH Queen Elizabeth for his service to photography. He was twice named NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year and was twice awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence. In 2013 Benson received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and in 2009 one from Glasgow University and the Glasgow School of Art followed as well as becoming an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in London. Benson's photographs are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow; and the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. His 60-year career as a photojournalist included a contract with LIFE Magazine and photographs on the covers and inside major magazines worldwide, including: Life, Time, Newsweek, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Paris Match, G.Q., Esquire, W, The London Sunday Times Magazine, People, Vogue, and Architectural Digest. He has enjoyed 40 solo exhibitions and published 17 books including “The Beatles On the Road: 1964-1966” published by Taschen in 2013. Other books include: “Harry Benson: Photographs;” “New York New York;” “Harry Benson’s Glasgow;” “Harry Benson’s America;” “RFK;” and “Bobby Fischer.” Today he splits his time between New York City and Palm Beach, Florida and a feature length documentary will be released on his work in the near future.