Harry Benson Remembers His Most Iconic Photos, from The Beatles and Muhammad Ali to Amy Winehouse

The celebrated photographer—and subject of the new documentary ‘Harry Benson: Shoot First’—writes about the stories behind his most memorable images. “>

From riding shotgun with The Beatles on their first American tour in 1964 to standing next to Robert F. Kennedy when the Senator was shot in 1968, Harry Benson has been not only present at some of the most memorable moments of the last fifty-plus years, but also expertly captured them with his camera. Now, the 87-year-old Scottish photographer is being given the documentary treatment in Harry Benson: Shoot First, a film directed by Matthew Miele and Justin Bare that is out on December 9th in theaters and on iTunes, Amazon, and On Demand.

Here, the celebrated lensman describes some of his finest worksin his own words.

The Beatles with Cassius Clay. 5th Street Gym. Miami, Florida. February 1964.

Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. USA for Africa/We Are the World. Los Angeles, California. January 28, 1985.

Kate Moss. Paris, France. 1993.

I am glad I had the opportunity to photograph the mega-talented Amy Winehouse when she was enjoying the first wave of her success. The petite young woman was not what I expected. She was all business in the recording studio and was personable and easy to work with when we started taking photographs. She seemed to be feeling great that day and liked being photographed. Its hard to know what to say withoutseeming trite,except that I am very sorry her life was cut so short.

HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST, directed by Matthew Miele and Justin Bare, is beingreleased by Magnolia Pictureson Friday Dec. 9thintheaters across the country and oniTunes, Amazon, and On Demand. It will be onNetflix in the spring of 2017.

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