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Harry Benson. The Beatles, Art Edition No. 1–100 ‘George V Hotel Suite’

Edition of 100
Gelatin silver print, 13.2 x 18 in., hardcover volume in clamshell box, 12.3 x 17.3 in., 272 pages
US$ 4,000
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Harry Benson’s portfolio of Beatlemania on- and offstage includes some of the most intimate photos ever taken of the Fab Four. This Art Edition curates the best of his luminous shots into one Beatles devotee’s dream volume, following the band from their 1964 Paris tour to George’s honeymoon in Barbados. It comes with the signed print of the iconic pillow fight shot, George V Hotel Suite.

Limited Art Edition of 100 copies each with the gelatin silver print George V Hotel Suite, Paris 1964, signed by Harry Benson

Behind Beatlemania

On tour and backstage with the best of Harry Benson’s Beatles portfolio
“These photos convey a really happy period for them and for me. It all comes down to music, they were without a doubt the greatest band of the 20th century, and that’s why these photographs are so important.” —Harry Benson, 2012

In early 1964, Harry Benson was getting on a plane for a foreign assignment in Africa, when he got a call from the photo editor of London newspaper The Daily Express. He was now going with the Beatles to Paris to document French Beatlemania, and what followed was the biggest (ticket to) ride of his life.

Benson was warmly welcomed into the Beatles’ inner sanctum, resulting in some of the most intimate photographs ever taken of the band, then on the cusp of world domination. In Paris, he took the famous photograph of the Fab Four having a pillow fight at the George V Hotel; he shot their groundbreaking first visit to the United States, the full impact of New York hysteria, their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the band in Florida, including their surprising encounter with Cassius Clay; as well as on the set of A Hard Day’s Night.The relationship continued in 1966, including George’s honeymoon in Barbados and their notorious US tour, under the shadow cast by Lennon’s comment that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus Christ.”

Benson’s luminous black-and-white photographs show at close quarters the Beatles composing, performing, encountering their fans, relaxing, and engaging with each other, while trying to cope with their increasingly isolating fame. In addition to hundreds of photographs, many previously unseen, there is an introductory essay by Benson as well as quotes and newspaper clippings from the period.

Limited Art Edition of 100 copies each with the gelatin silver print George V Hotel Suite, Paris 1964, signed by Harry Benson

Also available in a second Art Edition (No. 101–200) with an alternative print
Harry Benson. The Beatles, Art Edition No. 1–100 ‘George V Hotel Suite’
Edition of 100
Gelatin silver print, 13.2 x 18 in., hardcover volume in clamshell box, 12.3 x 17.3 in., 272 pages