BirthdayDecember 0, 1903
BirthplaceSwansea, UK

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Harry Benson

    Full name: Harry Benson
    Also known as: Harry James Benson, Harry Benson, Benson, Harry
    Professions: British photographer

  2. Harry Benson Known for

    The Human Monster (1939), Last Holiday (1950), Chamber of Horrors (1940), The Night Has Eyes (1942)

  3. Harry Benson Biography

    Harry James Benson, CBE (born in Glasgow) is a Scottish photographer whose pictures have appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair, People and The New Yorker.Benson was assigned to travel with The Beatles on their inaugural American tour in 1964. One of his most recognizable 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 many exhibitions, including one organized by the Scottish National Portrait Galley at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, taken over a hundred cover shots for People, published several books and won awards. He was the subject of a documentary 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.Benson was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. In 2014, he took an official photographic portrait of the Queen, commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This was over fifty years after his first portrait of the Queen, taken when she opened a coal mine in 1957. His daughter is American actress Wendy Benson.

  4. Harry Benson Family

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