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Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
An intimate look at one of the greatest music legends of all time, by an iconic photojournalist. From the delirium of the Beatles’ 1964 U.S. tour to the heady, shaggy days of WINGS in the 1970s and the quiet idyll of life on the family farm in the early 1990s, Paul traces the evolution of a pop superstar and of the man himself through more than 100 photographs, many never seen before.

Collector’s Edition (No. 101–700), each numbered and signed by Harry Benson
Edition of 600Hardcover in acrylic box10.6 x 14.7 in.13.23 lb172 pages
“I could take a photograph of three of the Beatles, but Paul always had to be one of the three. You always looked at Paul first—he made the picture move.”
Harry Benson
“Benson went on to take some of the most famous pictures of Paul McCartney [as] found in his new book, PAUL.”
The Telegraph
“Paul captures key moments in the legendary musician’s life with equally compelling intimacy.”
PAUL is a testament to just how many cameras Paul McCartney has been subjected to in his lifetime, with never-before-seen shots collected in a beautiful new book published by TASCHEN.”
“I’m proud of the work that I’ve done with Paul over the years and grateful he’s allowed me to document some private and personal moments in his extraordinary life.”
Harry Benson
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Harry Benson. Paul

Harry Benson. Paul


Maybe I’m Amazed

A personal portrait of Paul McCartney by Harry Benson

Harry Benson began photographing the young Paul McCartney in 1964, a pivotal year for the Beatles when they took America by storm, toured the world, and made their movie debut with A Hard Day’s Nightall documented by the affable Scotsman. And when the Fab Four called it quits, it was Benson who was afforded intimate access to Paul and wife Linda, as Paul forged a new path creatively and personally.

Through Benson’s lens, Paul traces the evolution of its namesake as an icon, performer, and a devoted family man. We follow the musician at the height of his fame with the Beatles; in the recording studio with Linda and their band, Wings; with the family; behind the scenes and on stage during the 1975–76 “Wings Over America” tour; dancing the night away at a star-studded party on the Queen Mary to celebrate the band’s newest album; and with Linda on the couple’s farm in the U.K. in the early 1990s—a fittingly soft landing after so many years of flying high.

Featuring more than 100 color and black-and-white images by the legendary photojournalist, many never seen before, this collection is a window onto a one-of-a-kind artist, one who has remained somewhat enigmatic despite nearly a lifetime of being in the limelight.

Collector’s Edition of 600 copies (No. 101–700), each numbered and signed by Harry Benson

Also available in two Art Editions (No. 1–100), accompanied by a signed gelatin silver print
The photographer

Glasgow-born Harry Benson has photographed every US President since Eisenhower, the Civil Rights movement, and was next to Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated. As well as The Beatles, he has shot some of the biggest personalities of the last 50 years, including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Her Majesty The Queen. In 2009, he was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

The editor

Reuel Golden is the former editor of the British Journal of Photography and the Photography editor at TASCHEN. His TASCHEN titles include: Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, both London and New York Portrait of a City books, The Rolling Stones, Her Majesty, the National Geographic editions, the David Bailey SUMO and Andy Warhol. Polaroids.

Harry Benson. Paul
Edition of 600Hardcover in acrylic box26.9 x 37.3 cm6 kg172 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7351-1

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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7 Ratings

Beautiful Book

Andrew,October 31, 2021
Another beautiful book by Taschen. Beautiful photographs in an amazing package. The book was packaged extremely well too. Very happy - as always…

Even Better Than I Expected

Tony,October 28, 2021
This the second book by Harry Benson about the Beatles (although in this case just Paul) that I have. It is spectacular. You cannot take your eyes of of the images, they are so real. Once you start paging through the book you cannot stop. The text is very good and informative, but the images are the real story. Highly Recommended!


Barry,October 27, 2021
Just a beautiful book in every way. Benson’s photographs are stunning. This will be a wonderful addition to my collection.

Top book

Cristiano,October 27, 2021
Taschen is always the best, but this time they outdid themselves. The book is simply gorgeous and the photos are a feast for the eyes. Having the chance to go behind the scenes of Sir Paul McCartney's career with Harry Benson is truly a great privilege.

One of a kind artist

Tom,October 27, 2021
See one of a kind photos of a one of a kind artist, in both his public and private moments. This treasury of images is not to be missed!