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Harry Benson. Paul

Edition of 600
Hardcover in acrylic box, 10.6 x 14.7 in., 13.20 lb, 172 pages
US$ 750
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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

Customer reviews (6)

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, Andy Warhol. Polaroids, The Rolling Stones, Her Majesty, Football in the 1970s, the National Geographic editions, and The David Bailey SUMO.

Harry Benson. Paul
Edition of 600
Hardcover in acrylic box, 10.6 x 14.7 in., 13.20 lb, 172 pages

Customer reviews (6)

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!

Großartiges Buch

Hansi Müller, October 27, 2021
Grandiose Fotos von Harry Benson von einem Ausnahmekünstler unserer Zeit.

Stunning

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!

Very well-executed overview of one of popular music's founding fathers

P.l.C., October 05, 2021
Hint - get a Taschen display-stand to go with it. You don’t want this stunner to hide away on your bookshelf.

Print quality and execution of the perspex cover are outstanding. The value to money-ratio may be open for discussion, but you’ll own a piece of musical history with Benson’s signature on it. Only downside is, that it somewhat overlaps with Benson’s Taschen Beatles-book.

Still didn’t keep me from ordering one. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!