The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents the first exhibition in Russia by the photojournalist Harry Benson, who created the iconic photographs of The Beatles and the portraits of all the American presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Donald Trump.
The main part of the exhibition is photographs of The Beatles, with whom Benson worked from 1964 to 1966. It was these years that were the most important for the entire career of the Liverpool Four—the most productive and successful. Over that period, the group became a legend in world music, and Beatlemania swept the world.
Harry followed them, photographing their concerts in France, their first trip to the USA and performance on the popular American television program The Ed Sullivan Show, a tour to the Netherlands and Denmark, and the filming of the first movie about the group—The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night. The exhibition presents the most famous shots of the Beatles, including photographs with a 22-year-old boxer, the future world champion and one of the most celebrated athletes in history, Muhammad Ali (1964) and Pillow Fight(1964), listed in TIME magazine’s100 Most Influential Photos.
Harry Benson “Pillow fight”.3 a.m. George V Hotel. Paris 1964 ©Harry Benson/ Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York
ther than The Beatles photographs, the exhibition also presents portraits of many eminent figures from the sphere of politics, cinema, music, and sports from the 1960s to 1990s, including the famous Clintons’ Kiss, the dance of the Reagan couple, Arnold Schwarzenegger jumping out of the water. Benson’s photographs are like himself; they are full of action, emotions, smiles, and humor.
“I want photos that are spontaneous. I’m after pictures with surprise, pictures with air in them, pictures that let people be themselves. I don’t want to impose on them just what I think they are”.
Harry Benson Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra. Plaza Hotel, New York, New York 1966 ©Harry Benson/ Courtesy Staley-Wise
Harry Benson George takes a hit from Cassius Clay. 5th Street Gym. Miami 1964 ©Harry Benson/ Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York