Famed Photographer Harry Benson to Kick Off Spotlight on Photography at The von Liebig Art Center
Naples, FL – (April 25, 2011) The Naples Art Association launches its first national photography competition by hosting a lecture with internationally acclaimed photojournalist Harry Benson. On Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at The von Liebig Art Center, Benson will provide a look back at his career in photography over the past 60 years.
Originally from Scotland, Benson first arrived in America with the Beatles in 1964 to document their first and third U.S. tours. (His most recognizable photo shows the band in a gleeful pillow fight in a hotel room.) Since that time, he has photographed some of the last half century’s most memorable moments including Nixon’s resignation, Bobby Kennedy’s assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King’s funeral, the erection of the Berlin Wall as well as its fall, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Benson’s photographic work is a part of the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. He has received countless awards for his work including being named Magazine Photographer of the Year two different years by the NPPA (National Press Photographer’s Association). He photographed for LIFE Magazine from 1970 to 2000 and is presently under contract with Vanity Fair Magazine. In 2009, he was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by being appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
The lecture is generously sponsored by the Naples Garden Club. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Reservations can be made in advance by calling (239) 262-6517 ext. 100 or online at naplesart.org or purchased at the door.
The Naples Art Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1954. The primary goals of The Naples Art Association is to educate and promote visual arts in Southwest Florida by holding exhibitions, art festivals and educational classes for adults and children. Today the organization boasts over 1,000 members and operates The von Liebig Art Center located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. The art center is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (239) 262-6517, visit naplesart.org, follow us on facebook at facebook.com/vonliebigcenter or twitter at twitter.com/vonliebigart.