Harry Benson - Shoot First

Harry Benson - Shoot First
Release Date:
10th Apr 2017
Running Time:
89 minutes
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Harry Benson - Shoot First


HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST charts the illustrious career of the renowned Scottish photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964.

With unprecedented “behind the scenes” access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history.

Benson has photographed eleven US presidents from Eisenhower to Obama; world leaders including Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Conrad Adenauer, Leonid Brezhnev, Ariel Sharon, and Boris Yeltsin; Royals including Princess Grace, Prince Rainier, Princess Caroline, the Royal Family of Spain and The British Royal Family including a private sitting with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace in 2014.

He has also photographed Senator Robert F. Kennedy on the campaign trail and was next to him when he was assassinated in 1968.  Harry marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Civil Rights Movement, covered the Race Riots in America, was embedded with US Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf during the Gulf War; and has photographed countless luminaries including The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, The Who, Willie Nelson, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicholson, Amy Winehouse, Greta Garbo, Brad Pitt, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and Kate Moss.

His work has appeared in dozens of publications including The Sunday Times Magazine, Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Now 86, workaholic Benson has no intention of stopping!

Shoot First features interviews with politicos, actors, film-makers and sports stars, including Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump, Piers Morgan, Dan Rather, James L Brooks, Henry Kissinger and more.