Cel­e­bra­tion of Ben­son pho­tos to be held in home city


AN exhibition celebrating the work of one of the world’s best­known pho­tog­ra­phers opens this week­end at the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land’s Pol­lok House in Glas­gow.

Images by Glas­gow-born pho­to­jour­nal­ist Harry Ben­son go on dis­play from to­mor­row.

The exhibition, called From Glas­gow to Amer­ica, fea­tures some of Ben­son’s most iconic pho­to­graphs of world his­tory and rarely-seen shots of his home city.

Ben­son first trav­elled to the US with The Bea­tles in 1964, dur­ing their in­au­gu­ral tour of the coun­try. His pictures have since ap­peared in Life, Van­ity Fair, and The New Yorker, while he has also taken more than 100 cover shots for Peo­ple mag­a­zine.

Dur­ing his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, Harry has chron­i­cled some of the most im­por­tant mo­ments in mod­ern his­tory.

He has pho­tographed ev­ery US pres­i­dent, was feet away from Se­na­tor Bobby Kennedy the night he was as­sas­si­nated and par­tic­i­pated in the Civil Rights James Mered­ith march with Martin Luther King Jr in 1966.

The exhibition is the first to take place in a newly-cre­ated gallery within Pol­lok House.

The gallery project re­ceived grant fund­ing from Mu­se­ums Gal­leries Scot­land and the Foyle Foun­da­tion.

Fritha Costain, busi­ness man­ager for Glas­gow and West at the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land, said: “Harry Ben­son’s work is sem­i­nal. He man­aged to be present at im­por­tant events in world his­tory and cap­ture them in his inim­itable style through his pho­to­graphs.”

Harry Ben­son: From Glas­gow to Amer­ica will be open until the end of the year.

„ Harry Ben­son caught Muham­mad Ali play-act­ing with The Bea­tles on their 1964 tour to the United States.

„ Boys play­ing in a foun­tain in Glas­gow back in 1956.

„ Two Glas­gow girls play­ing in a filthy close back in 1972.

„ Paul Mccart­ney with his daugh­ter Stella.

„ Don­ald and Me­la­nia Trump in 2014.

„ Harry Ben­son.

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