World-famous photographer, Harry Benson, is back in Scotland, promoting a new book: ‘Harry Benson’s Glasgow’. The Manhattan-based septuagenerian – famous for pictures of The Beatles and the assassination of Robert Kennedy – was enjoying a cocktail last night in the company of some of Scotland’s top newspaper editors.
He will have no doubt been having a joke that he could have done with their papers showing an interest in him when he first started out. After years photographing weddings, just after the Second World War, he finally got his first newspaper job with the Hamilton Advertiser.
But it took a further few years before his lugging his portfolio around Glasgow’s newspapers, and Fleet Street, gave him his next big career opportunity: with London-based The Daily Sketch.
He told allmediascotland.com: “I’d get a lot of photographs together and go to London. I must have done that ten or twelve times, before this gentleman, Freddie Wackett, at the Daily Sketch, gave me a little smile, and I asked: