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.