Shooting History

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There are few people who can say “I was there” as often as Harry Benson, and the best part is, he has the pictures to prove it. Introduced to fame as the man who shot the Beatles’ first tour in America, the Scottish shutterbug has been capturing extraordinary moments of history throughout his life. It’s his combination of charm and honesty—as well as a quick trigger finger—which makes everyone from royalty to reclusive geniuses feel like they can trust him to reveal something true and intimate. Benson’s unflinching eye also captured incisive photojournalism and shocking instances like Robert F. Kennedy’s assasination. On December 9, these iconic stories will be shared with the world in a new documentary, Harry Benson: Shoot First, about the 86-year-old photographer who can claim to have seen it all-—and have the statement ring true.