Dr Harry Benson


Harry Benson

Award-winning Scottish photojournalist Harry Benson CBE began his career at the Hamilton Advertiser and moved to the Scottish Daily Sketch after his exclusive prison interviews with mass murderer Peter Manuel.

By 1959, Harry had moved to London’s Fleet Street, where he worked for Lord Beaverbrooks’s Daily Express. Harry next travelled to America with the Beatles in 1964 and never looked back.

Under contract to LIFE Magazine for 30 years, Harry has photographed for major magazine including Time, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, French Vogue, Quest, Paris Match, Forbes, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, People, and The London Sunday Times Magazine.

The documentary HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST, which chronicles Harry’s 65-year career, was released in December 2016 by Magnolia Pictures to five-star reviews.

In 2009, Harry was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for service to photography.

Harry received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from both St Andrews University and Glasgow University, Scotland, and is an Honorary Fellow of London’s Royal Photographic Society. He has twice been NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year. In April 2017, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography. Harry is the only photographer who has photographed the last 12 U.S. Presidents — from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to President Donald J. Trump.

Harry marched with Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement, photographed the Los Angeles Watts Riots, was embedded in the Gulf War, was next to Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated, and has photographed countless luminaries including Sir Winston Churchill, President Charles de Gaulle, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Kate Moss, and The British Royal Family, including a private sitting with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.

Harry’s wife, Gigi, works with him on his books and exhibitions. Their two daughters, Wendy and Tessa, live in Los Angeles with their families.

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