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Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016)

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HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST charts the illustrious career of the renowned photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented "behind the scenes" access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. His extensive portfolio includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, and his work has appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Now 86, workaholic Benson has no intention of stopping.

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The film shows a man who is empathetic toward those in his photos, but less forgiving with himself.

December 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The only thing better than Harry Benson behind the camera is Harry Benson in front of it.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The filmmakers are themselves too celebrity besotted to comment in a meaningful way on how Benson's career balanced depictions of the rich and famous with in-the-trenches risk-taking.

December 9, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film, by Justin Bare and Matthew Miele, would be better if it spent less time gushing about how great Mr. Benson is and more time confronting some of the questions his approach raises.

December 8, 2016 | Full Review…

"He can shoot fast and make art," a friend says, and "Harry Benson: Shoot First" makes that point again and again.

December 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Overall, "Shoot First" is a breezy look at a professional whose work remains endearing, despite some highfalutin claims.

December 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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