Immortalizing the people and moments that have defined the past 60 years, world-renowned photojournalist Harry Benson has become as much a part of history as the photographs themselves. The scope of his accomplishments as a photojournalist is nothing short of remarkable: he has photographed every U.S. president since Eisenhower, as well as Robert F. Kennedy on the night he was assassinated, and Martin Luther King Jr. at his funeral; he has shot stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Greta Garbo, and Truman Capote; he covered both the rise and fall of the Berlin wall, the IRA hunger strikes, the Freedom March through Mississippi, the Watts riots, 9/11, and conflicts in Kuwait, Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Israel; and, on the eve of his 80th birthday, Benson is still at it, crisscrossing the globe on assignment for Condé Nast.
The Harry Benson Book is a visual celebration of Benson’s incomparable career. Organized into chapters on celebrity, art, fashion, sports, politics, and photojournalism, The Harry Benson Book features a distinctive mix of iconic images alongside never-before-published photographs of Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Billy Graham, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, the Beatles, Sonny Liston, Chuck Berry, O.J. Simpson, Yogi Berra, Sophia Loren, Kate Moss, Gloria Swanson, James Brown, Fred Astaire, Johnny Carson, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Joseph Papp, Andy Warhol, Liza Minelli, Barbra Streisand, Halston, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Diana Vreeland, and countless others. With unique access to the most elusive, alluring, and enduring legends of our time, Benson’s magnum opus is an unsurpassed masterpiece of contemporary photojournalism and portraiture.
About the Author
Scottish born photojournalist Harry Benson was the most published photographer in "Life "magazine before it closed, and is currently under contract to "Vanity Fair "and "Architectural" "Digest." When Queen Elizabeth's 2009 New Year's Honors List was announced recently, Benson was named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Benson has had 40 one-man exhibitions of his work in the U.S. and Europe and is the author of 13 books including R.F.K.: A Photographer's Journal (powerHouse Books, 2008), and Harry Bens on's America (Harry N. Abrams, 2005). Benson lives in New York and Florida with his wife, Gigi, who works with him on his exhibitions and books. Their two daughters live and work in Los Angeles.
John Loring is the former New York Bureau Chief of "Architectural Digest "and a contributing writer for over 30 years, and is the former Design Director for Tiffany & Co. He has written over 25 books on style and social history. A graduate of Yale University, Loring completed four years of graduate studies at the ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and has an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute.