The Lumière Brothers Photography Centre presents Russia's first exhibition of photojournalist Harry Benson. He captures US presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama and Donald Trump. But the Beatles pictures made Benson really world-famous.
Photos of the legendary Liverpool Four will be the exhibition's highlight. Benson worked with the band from 1964 till 1966, their most productive and successful period. Harry Benson followed them, shooting concerts in France, their first trip to the United States and a performance during extremely popular Ed Sullivan's show, the Netherlands and Denmark tour, work on the first film about the band 'The Beatles. Eight Days a Week'.
The exhibition will display legendary pictures, including photos of the band members with 22-year-old Muhammad Ali and 'Pillow Fight' included in the TOP 100 Most Influential Images of All Time by Time magazine.
After the first trip with the Beatles to the United States in 1964, Benson decided to stay there forever. Later he translated the whole era of American history into his photographs. He captured both the most important events (the murder of Robert Kennedy, civil rights marches) and outstanding personalities — politicians, musicians and athletes. The exhibition at the Photography Centre will display pictures taken by Harry Benson between the 1960s and the 1990s: the famous 'The Clintons Kiss', the dance of the Reagan couple, Arnold Schwarzenegger jumping out of the water. Benson's photos reflect Benson's nature, they are dynamic, emotional, full of smiles and humour.
"I want a spontaneity from my pictures. I like to let people be who they are. I don't want to tell them what they have to be," the photographer said.
Thanks to his energy, perseverance and curiosity, Benson always managed to get a unique material. His reports were the first to appear on the pages of Life, Vanity Fair, People, Time, Daily Express and The New Yorker.
Swift, always ready to take off and get involved in an adventure, Benson never receded before difficulties: "Many photographers avoid critical moments. They're afraid of being in the middle of something. I'm always in the middle of any situation as soon as I get off the plane."
On 19 September, at 07:00 pm, a meeting with Harry Benson will take place. On 21 September, at 04:00 pm, attend the author's tour of the exhibition.
The exhibition will run from 19 September 2019 till 19 January 2020.