|Harry James Benson
|Awards||Lifetime Achievement Award, Scottish Press Photography Awards|
Benson was assigned to travel with The Beatles on their first American tour in 1964. One of his most recognisable images shows the band in a gleeful pillow fight in a hotel room.
Other celebrities Benson has photographed include Bobby Fischer, Michael Jackson, who allowed him access to his bedroom, and Elizabeth Taylor, whom Benson photographed before and after her brain surgery. He has also photographed political figures, including every US president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, and covered war zones.
Benson has been the subject of exhibitions,[vague] taken over a hundred cover shots for People, published several books and won awards.[vague] He was the subject of a documentary[vague] directed by Ken MacGregor and written by William McIlvanney. Most recently he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Press Photography Awards in April 2006.
Benson was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society in 2009. These are awarded to distinguished persons having, from their position or attainments, an intimate connection with the science or fine art of photography or the application thereof.
- Harry Benson: 50 Years in Pictures, 2001. ISBN 0-8109-4171-6
- Once there was a way... Photographs of the Beatles, 2003. ISBN 0-8109-4643-2
- Harry Benson's America, 2005. ISBN 0-8109-5896-1
- Harry Benson's Glasgow, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84502-236-5
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2008.
- Official website
- On the Road with Harry Benson interview with video and slideshow from The Digital Journalist