Harry Benson


Commander of the Order of the British Empire and many Awards winning Photographer, New York, US



Scottish born photographer Harry Benson CBE began his career on London’s Fleet Street and was assigned to travel with The Beatles on their first tour of America in February 1964 and never looked back.

He began working for LIFE magazine in 1967 and became its most published photographer during the next 30 years. His photographs have appeared in countless publications including Vanity Fair, French Vogue, Paris Match, Forbes, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, Time, Quest, Fortune, New York Magazine, Newsweek, and The London Sunday Times Magazine.

With over 40 one-man exhibitions and 16 published books, Harry continues to work on new projects including a limited edition signed book on Paul McCartney which will be published in 2020 by TASCHEN.

Harry is the only photographer to have photographed the last 12 U.S. Presidents — from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to President Donald J. Trump.

In 2009 Harry was appointed a CBE, A Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for service to photography. He has received three Honorary Doctorates: Glasgow University & Glasgow School of Art; St. Andrews University, Scotland; and Glasgow Caledonian University.

In 2017 he received the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from The Internation Center of Photography (ICP) in New York and was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame in St. Louis.. Additional honors include two Leica Medals of Excellence; a LUCIE Award for Lifetime Achievement; two NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year Awards; and is an Honorary Fellow of London’s Royal Photographic Society. His photographs are in the permanent collection of museums including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. and The National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST, the documentary released by Magnolia Pictures to five star reviews is available on Netflix.

In addition to The Beatles, Harry’s photographs include starvation in Somalia, the RFK assassination, Civil Rights with Martin Luther King, Jr. Andy Warhol, USA for Africa; Michael Jackson, Francis Bacon, Truman Capote, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; Halston; St. Laurent; Armani; Jacqueline Kennedy; Bobby Fischer; Alfred Hitchcock; Bobby Fischer; Jack Nicholson; Frank Sinatra; Elizabeth Taylor; Kate Moss; Amy Winehouse; Dolly Parton; USA for Africa; Ray Charles; Barbra Streisand; Sir Winston Churchill; President Charles de Gaulle; Princess Diana; Muhammed Ali, The Who; James Brown; Dolly Parton; and The Rolling Stones. Harry’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland and is their official portrait of the Queen.

Harry’s wife, Gigi, works with him on all the books and exhibitions. Their daughters, Wendy Benson Landes & Tessa Benson Tooley live with their families and work in Los Angeles.