Shoot First – Harry Benson

by Chris Murray on December 14, 2016

The night before last I saw the documentary film, Shoot First, about the life and times of the great photographer Harry Benson. I laughed and I cried as I watched our times flash before me in the film, beautifully narrated by a group of individuals including journalist Carl Bernstein, sports photographer & filmmaker Neil Leifer and Vanity Fair Creative Director David Friend, among others.

chris_shoot-firstjpg Chris Murray with Shoot First poster at Landmark Cinema in Washington. © Carlotta Hester.

Harry is a charming and engaging person who as a photojournalist has documented stories that have affected all of our lives, one way or another. You can’t see this film without leaving the theatre with indelible memories.

Bill and Hillary Clinton. © Harry Benson. Bill and Hillary Clinton at the Governor’s Mansion, Little Rock, AR, 1992. © Harry Benson.

What a pleasure for me to have exhibited Harry’s brilliant photographs over the years at Govinda Gallery, as well as in museum exhibitions I curated, most notably Sound & Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography.

Donald Trump holding one million dollars. © Harry Benson. Donald Trump holding one million dollars at the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ, 1990. © Harry Benson.

Harry Benson’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.

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