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Harry Benson

BIOGRAPHY

b. 1929

Photographer 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 Obama, 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 United States 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). His work remains in the permanent collections of each of these museums.

EXHIBITIONS:
2015, Winter Exhibition – Cavalier Galleries, New York, NY
2015, Naples International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show, Naples, FL
2015, Palm Beach International Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Palm Beach, FL
2014, Park Avenue Armory Fair, New York, NY
2014, Important Photographs: 1930’s – Today - Cavalier Galleries, New York, NY
2014, Icons of Photography: Cavalier Galleries, Nantucket, MA
2014, Winter Exhibition, Greenwich, CT
2014, Captured: Photography Group Exhibition - Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, CT
2014, Just off Madison: Group Exhibition - Cavalier Galleries, New York, NY
2013, Fall Exhibition – Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, CT
2013, June Exhibition – Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, CT
2012, Harry Benson: The Iconic Images – Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, CT
2012, Black & White – Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, CT
2008, Kelvingrove Museum of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
2007, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
2006, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
1960’s-Present, International Exhibitions, World-Wide

COLLECTIONS:
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Kelvingrove Museum of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Private Collections, International

AFFILIATIONS AND POSITIONS:
Hamilton Advisor
London’s Daily Sketch
Daily Express
Beatles Private Photographer
Life Magazine
Vanity Fair
Architectural Digest