Persons of Interest

Harry Benson’s photo of Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger at The Factory in New York City, 1977.

Harry Benson has a long history with this magazine, for which he contributes his monthly “It Seems Like Yesterday” column, but he has an epic history with the world. The award-winning Scottish-born photographer landed on these shores in 1964 while covering the Beatles on their first-ever U.S. tour. His photos of the British rock band have become as etched in our collective memory as the hymn of their chart-topping song “Help!” (or any Beatles hit, for that matter). His legend, like theirs, was born.

This month, powerHouse Books releases the weighty Harry Benson: Persons of Interest, with a foreword by Howard Kessler, who explains how he wanted to produce a book that not only celebrates Benson’s career, but tells the story of Kessler’s own life—that is, the life of every Baby Boomer. Revisiting the book’s vast images, which span every U.S. president since Eisenhower to the most celebrated personalities of our time, we realize the remarkably unobstructed view Benson had of the history-makers of the past 60 years—and how fortunate we are to see it all over again.

Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, 1968.