In early 1964, photographer Harry Benson got a call from the photo editor of London’s Daily Express who asked him to cover The Beatles’ trip to Paris. It was the beginning of a career-defining relationship with the band which would both make Benson’s name and produce some of the most intimate photographs ever taken of The Beatles.
In Paris, Benson captured the now famed photograph of the Fab Four having a pillow fight at the George V Hotel, an image Benson himself has called the best shot of his career. Later that same year, he documented the group’s debut US tour, including their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, their surprising encounter with Cassius Clay, and the hysteria of New York Beatlemania. Benson also covered George Harrison’s honeymoon in Barbados.
This book collects the best of Benson’s luminous black and white Beatles portfolio, alongside quotes and newspaper clippings from the period, and Benson’s own introduction, adding personal testimony to these era-defining images.
Glasgow-born Harry Benson has photographed every US President since Eisenhower, the Civil Rights movement, and was next to Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated. As well as The Beatles, he has shot some of the biggest personalities of the last 50 years, including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Her Majesty The Queen. In 2009, he was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).