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The film shows a man who is empathetic toward those in his photos, but less forgiving with himself.
The only thing better than Harry Benson behind the camera is Harry Benson in front of it.
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.
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.
"He can shoot fast and make art," a friend says, and "Harry Benson: Shoot First" makes that point again and again.
Overall, "Shoot First" is a breezy look at a professional whose work remains endearing, despite some highfalutin claims.
Harry Benson: Shoot First is really at its best when it questions the moral aspects of its subject's work, wondering if Benson prioritizes his work at the expense of the humanity of others.
A raucous ode to the shutterbug raconteur embraces the glamour of his lifestyle, while keeping the man himself at arm's length.
What Shoot First conveys so well is that while those scenes are part of history.
With Jackie earning some serious Oscars buzz, you'll want to bone up on your First Lady trivia. Click on for a behind-the-scenes look at Jackie, and four of her fellow First Ladies, as you've never seen them before.
It's difficult to understate how inexhaustible Benson's body of work is and the filmmakers do their best as they present what appears to be a million images of Benson's work, all of which audiences will recognize.
By the film's conclusion, you can't not be in love with this man, and, of course, his pictures.
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