Henry Benson: Shoot First
October 3, 2016
One showing only 7:00pm • Tickets $14
Rated: Not rated at this time | Documentary | 89 minutes
Special Presentation for Headwaters Arts Festival
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for pre-film refreshments
Ticket Price: $14 • Tickets available at BookLore, the Alton Mill, and the Orangeville Tourist Information Centre
Beatlemania, the Civil Rights movement, and the Vietnam War are memories of a bygone era and a time when the United States – and the world – changed forever. Capturing these memories with a camera in hand is Harry Benson, the prolific photographer who has captured fifty years in history. The Scottish photographer came to the USA in 1964 to travel with and photograph The Beatles on their first American tour, immortalizing them in his iconic and intimate photos, and then continuing to photograph pivotal – and sometimes disturbing – events, such as Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, war zones, and portraits of some of recent history’s most legendary figures.
In Harry Benson: Shoot First, directors Justin Bare and Matthew Miele feature interviews with many public figures including Henry Kissinger, Sharon Stone, Dan Rather, and Donald Trump, resulting in a fascinating walk through history with Harry Benson’s photos.
What we know today about many famous people – musicians, politicians, and actors – is due to the famous work of photographer Harry Benson. As well as taking vibrant and intimate photos of The Beatles, his portfolio grew to include photos of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King. His wide-ranging work has appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Benson, now 86, is still taking photos and has no intentions of stopping.