Harry Benson has spent the last five decades capturing iconic images of world leaders, presidents, celebrities, and crucial historical moments. As a photojournalist from London, Benson truly launched his career while traveling on assignment with the Beatles to cover their first tour in America. The Scottish-born photographer began his career at the Hamilton Advertiser before moving to Fleet Street where he worked for London’s Daily Sketch and the Daily Express. Upon his arrival with the Beatles in 1964, Benson decided to stay in America where he would go on to work for publishing greats such as Life Magazine, People Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Architectural Digest. Throughout his extraordinary career Benson has built a collection of images featuring American presidents from Eisenhower to Trump, Martin Luther King, Jr., Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, The Beatles, Mohammad Ali, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Andy Warhol to name a few. This award-winning photographer has had forty one-man exhibitions of his photographs in the US and Europe including a 50 year major retrospective of his work at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2006); the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2007); and Kelvingrove Museum of Art, Glasgow (2008) and his work remains in the permanent collections of each of these museums.
On this episode, I chat with the one-and-only Harry Benson, who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having covered their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. We talk about his legendary career working with world leaders and celebrities, as well as capturing crucial historical moments. We also discuss the new documentary “Harry Benson: Shoot First” chronicling his epic career. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast.