Legendary Glaswegian photojournalist Harry Benson inspires young CashBack for Creativity participants with history of his work

Published: 14 Feb 2014

Legendary Glaswegian photojournalist Harry Benson today delivered a presentation of his work to CashBack for Creativity participants and young people interested in photography, including students from schools, Higher Education and Further Education institutions.

Joined by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop and Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, Mr Benson discussed his impressive career, which spans over fifty years. 

His work has featured in Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and he has photographed many heads of state, politicians and celebrities including; Martin Luther King, Bill Clinton, The Kennedys, The Beatles, James Brown and Amy Winehouse.

Harry Benson, Photojournalist said:

“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to share my photographs and the stories accompanying them with these talented young people. I hope very much that they’ll find inspiration in the presentation, to continue to be creative and work towards their goals”.

Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice said:

“Harry Benson’s long and illustrious career has seen his work feature in some of the world’s most famous publications and he has photographed many heads of state, politicians and celebrities throughout the years.

“I am extremely grateful to Harry Benson for giving up his time to share his vast experience in the creative arts with young people who are benefitting from CashBack for Communities funding.

“This money, taken from criminals through proceeds of crime legislation, is creating valuable learning experiences that will support and develop confidence, self-esteem and communication skills and create a positive impact for the future.

“By offering Scotland’s young people the opportunity to broaden their horizons, improve their confidence and learn creative skills essential for success, we are sending the clear message that there are real alternatives to crime and anti-social behaviour”.

Iain Munro, Acting Chief Executive  at Creative Scotland commented:

“We are delighted that world-renowned photographer, Harry Benson has been able to take time out of his busy schedule to share his experiences of working as a photographer over the past fifty years with young up-and-coming creative talent from all over Scotland.
“The CashBack for Creativity projects have sparked an interest in the creative industries, with many participants going onto study photography, film and media as well as other art forms including music and dance.  This is an incredible opportunity for those young people interested in photography to meet one of their idols and be inspired to work towards their goals in their own careers.”

Mr Benson lives in New York and returns to Scotland briefly to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews.