Harry Benson- shoot first.

I saw this movie listed on Netflix and decided to watch it despite never hearing of his name before.

I may not have known his name but his images I had seen before, an awful lot of his images at that.

This is a documentary film of an interview with this fantastic photojournalist.

I don’t think there’s a famous person on this planet that he hasn’t photographed.

From the Beatles, Mohammed Ali, Johnny Carson to Elizabeth Taylor and Greta Garbo.

He took images of the Bobby Kennedy assassination while gunfire was still going on.

Bobby Kennedy assassination 1968, Associated Press

His association with the Beatles started in Paris because the senior Daily Express photographer was too ugly so they sent him, he didn’t even want to cover the story at the time.

Probably the two most famous of his Beatles images.

Beatles meet Mohammed Ali, Harry Benson – seeing America.

Pillow fight, Harry Benson, Time Magazine.

Interviewees had nothing but good things to say about Harry.

He seemed to me to have a great bond with his subjects and most regarded him as a friend and would invite him to different social occasions or their homes.

He says that he dislikes studio photography and his images are always candid.

The pillow fight image is a perfect example of how he could get people to let down their guard.

In the film he says that “a great photograph can never be taken again”.

His work ethic was one of ” be the first one on a story or the last one out”.

Superb advice.

He said he also lost three tweed jackets to Michael Jackson but that it was a small price to pay for the exclusive.

Not only was he good at getting in with the jet set he was also a  great photo journalist.

He covered Vietnam, The IRA, the racial tensions in America during the 1960’s and lived in a refugee camp in Somalia in the early 80’s during the famine.

James Meredith march, Mississippi  1966, the Atlantic magazine.

IRA, Harry Benson  –  shoot first, Magnolia pictures.

After the shot about the race riots he found himself sitting next to Martin Luther King and asked him how it all started, MLK replied ” it’s dangerous to be a black man in America”.

He also got invited to a KKK rally.

He probably will be most famous for his work with celebrities.

Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol, NYC 1977, Contessa gallery.

Ivanca Trump, Trump Tower, Harry Benson, Time magazine 2016.

Reagan’s, Vanity Fair magazine.

The Clinton’s, Harry Benson –  shoot first, Magnolia pictures.

He was and is good friends with the remaining Beatles which is where his fame started.

He interviewed John Lennon’s assassin  Mark David Chapman where Chapman apologised for killing his friend, How many people can say  they’ve had that experience.

In closing I must say that Benson sounds like a photographic version of Forrest Gump the way he seemed to make contacts and just bump into people of note.

Overall a great guy and a good documentary.


Manuel Franquelo

The Michael Hoppin gallery is exhibiting some interesting work by Manuel Franquelo titled “Things in a room”.


When viewed on line these images appear Meh! at least in my mind but when I happened by and decided to visit the exhibition they made more of an impact on me.

These images are printed in 1 to 1 or larger.

The curtains are to me the most impressive measuring a good twenty feet by ten feet.

Just goes to show, size does matter.

Adobe Lightroom 6/CC Video book Training for Photographers

This is a wonderful guide to adobes Lightroom 6/cc of 300 illustrated pages written by Chelsea and Tony Northrup and Published by Mason press of CT USA.

You can order it in hard copy or, as I did; download it in PDF format.

You also get access to 14+ hours of video on their web site at http://www.sdp.io

Photoshop CC essentials for Photographers

This book is written by Chelsea and Tony Northrup and published by Mason Press in CT USA.

It’s a basic illustrated user guide of 304 pages which comes with ten hours of video tutorials via their web site.

The book also comes with free updates as Adobe does updates to it’s program adding new features occasionaly.

It’s very easy to follow and written wonderfully in respect to a novice.

You can purchase a hard copy or as I did, in PDF format as a download from their web site http://www.sdp.io