Harry Benson has built an extraordinary career and vibrant portfolio by capturing intimate photos of some of the world’s most iconic people. His career as a photojournalist first launched while traveling on assignment with The Beatles, covering their first American tour in 1964. Benson has photographed everything from political figures and war zones to intimate moments of iconic superstars. His portfolio includes images of Martin Luther King Jr., Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert F. Kennedy and Andy Warhol, just to name a few.
This famed photographer who is responsible for a collection of the most iconic images of the 20th century is now the subject of “Harry Benson: Shoot First.” Benson, now 86, steps in front of the camera as the subject of this portrait documentary directed by Justin Bare and Matthew Miele.
Cavalier Galleries, located at 405 Greenwich Avenue, has graciously come on as a GIFF sponsor to help us honor this extraordinary photographer. The gallery will be putting on a big one-man show for Benson through the 2016 festival, June 9th-12th. The exhibit is being curated by Ron Cavalier, Harry Benson and his wife, Gigi. The gallery will be devoted to honoring his work through the duration of the festival.
The first screening of “Harry Benson: Shoot First” will be held at Bowtie Cinemas on Saturday, June 11th at 5:45pm with a reception to follow at the Cavalier Galleries exhibit, where both Harry and Gigi Benson will be present. A second screening can be seen at Bowtie Cinemas on Sunday, June 12th at 9:30am. To purchase tickets, click here, and feel free to check out this special exhibit at Cavalier Galleries during the 2016 Festival.