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Harry traveled to America with the Beatles in 1964 and decided to stay and became the most published photographer in Life Magazine before its demise and currently photographs for major magazines including Architectural Digest.
Harry has photographed 11 American presidents from Eisenhower to Obama and was next to RFK when he was shot. Harry marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights movement, photographed the upheavals in Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan, and has photographed world leaders and luminaries as diverse as Sir Winston Churchill and Brad Pitt.
On Queen Elizabeth's 2009 New Year's Honors List, Harry was named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for service to photography and received his honor at Buckingham Palace. Harry was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) in 2009. The Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University awarded Harry a Doctor of Letters in 2008. Harry has won twelve awards from the National Press Photographer Association including twice being named Magazine Photographer of the Year (1981 and 1985). He was awarded the 2005 LUCIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in Portrait Photograph: the 2005 American Photo Award for Photography, and the 2006 Scottish National Press Photographer's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Harry has had forty one-man exhibitions of his work in the US and Europe including the National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2006); the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2007); and Kelvingrove Museum of Art, Glasgow (2008). His work is in the permanent collection of each.
Fourteen books of his photographs have been published including RFK: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL; HARRY BENSON'S AMERICA; HARRY BENSON: 50 YEARS IN PHOTOGRAPHS; HARRY BENSON'S GLASGOW; and ONCE THERE WAS A WAY: PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BEATLES BY HARRY BENSON and A 60 year retrospective entitled HARRY BENSON: PHOTOGRAPHS (2009). Two new books are being published in 2011.
Harry lives in New York and Florida with his wife, Gigi, who works with him on his exhibitions and books. Daughters Wendy and Tessa live and work in Los Angeles. Please go to HarryBenson.com for further information.