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Harry Benson

BIOGRAPHY

b. 1929

Award winning photographer Harry Benson CBE came to America with The Beatles in 1964 and never looked back. He is the only photographer to have photographed the last 12 U.S. Presidents — from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to President Donald J. Trump.

A new book chronicling his 65+ career titled HARRY BENSON: PERSONS OF INTEREST  was published November 15th by powerHouse Books. And

The Beatles On the Road 1964-1966 from Taschen is also available now. 

On April 24, 2017, Harry received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Center of Photography in New York. 

HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST, the documentary released by Magnolia Pictures to 5 star reviews, is now available On Delta Airlines, On Demand and on Netflix.  Those interviewed for the film include Dan Rather, Bryant Gumbel, Alec Baldwin, Carl Bernstein, Sharon Stone, Joe Namath, Andre Leon Talley, Henry Kissinger, Kerry Kennedy, Pattie Davis, James L Brooks, Charlotte Ronson, Cornelia Guest, David Friend,  & Harry and his family. 

Harry has had 40 gallery/museum solo exhibitions and published sixteen books  One man exhibitions include the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC and in Edinburgh, Scotland; Kelvingrove Museum or Art, Glasgow; Tucson Museum of Art: Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach.  

In 2009 Harry was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for service to photography. He has received 3 Honorary Doctorates of Letters, from St. Andrews University; Glasgow University; and Glasgow Caledonian University, an Honorary Fellow of London's Royal Photographic Society,  he was twice named NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year, inducted into the IPHF (International Photography Hall of Fame) in November 2017 and was honored with a 2005 LUCIE award.

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

Harry marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, during the Civil Rights Movement; has photographed Sir Winston Churchill; President Charles de Gaulle; Michael Jackson; Jack Nicholson; Kate Moss; Amy Winehouse; Andy Warhol; and Francis Bacon to 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. 

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