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Behind the Lens with Harry Benson: Photographer Talk & Book Signing

© Harry Benson  Jackie Kennedy with Ski Mask, Laurentian Mts., Canada , 1968

© Harry Benson Jackie Kennedy with Ski Mask, Laurentian Mts., Canada, 1968

Renowned photographer Harry Benson, whose photographs track decades of popular and political history, will share a retrospective of his work in conversation with CatchLight CEO Elodie Mailliet Storm.

Benson rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. His extensive portfolio includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Following the presentation Harry will be signing copies of his book Persons of Interest which will be available for purchase in advance as part of your ticket or at the night of the event. Program begins at 6:15pm.

© Gigi Benson

© Gigi Benson

About Harry Benson

Under contract to LIFE Magazine for 30 years, Benson has photographed the last 12 U.S. Presidents, marched with Martin Luther King Jr., visited Michael Jackson at Neverland and photographed the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. His work has appeared in countless magazines including Time, Vanity Fair, and Newsweek. He has received three Honorary Doctorates. Twice named NPPA Photographer of the Year; he was made a CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 and received the ICP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. The author of 16 books, Benson is subject of the 2016 documentary HARRY BENSON SHOOT FIRST.

About the Book: 

With unique access to the most intriguing and enduring legends of our time, Harry Benson: Persons of Interest is a compelling masterpiece of photojournalism and portraiture.

With decades spent deliberately being in just the right place at just the right time, Benson's photographs and writings of his encounters and adventures are sure to be of broad interest to photography afficionados, history lovers, and people young and old. With subjects ranging from Queen Elizabeth to Amy Winehouse, from Frank Sinatra to Brad Pitt, from Greta Garbo to Kate Moss, from Winston Churchill to Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, Benson explores and delights our public fascination with his images of the lives of the rich, powerful, and famous. 

Critic Leonard Maltin said it all when he wrote, "Harry Benson has been witness to the key events of the past half-century and has never failed to capture their most telling moments with his camera."