Harry Benson: Four Stories
September 1, 2022- January 30, 2023
Andover, MA - The 1960s were a tumultuous time in American history. Marches, movements, and conflicts on a national and global scale defined this decade. A young photojournalist at the time, Harry Benson, documented the complexity and juxtaposition of these historical events. The new exhibition Harry Benson: Four Stories, on view at the Addison Gallery of American Art until January 30, 2023, features more than thirty pieces that record defining moments of the 1960s. Four Stories explores Benson’s coverage of prominent events, including the building of the Berlin Wall, the Beatle's first American Tour, the James Meredith March Against Fear, and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. An accomplished photojournalist from Scotland, Benson is the only “photographer who has photographed the last 13 U.S. presidents, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Joe Biden; and has also turned his lens on everyone from Muhammad Ali to Queen Elizabeth II,” according to the Addison Gallery. His work has been featured in numerous museums, including the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the British Museum of Photography in Bradford, England, and Harvard University's Carpenter Center. Some awards include Photographer of the Year from the Photographic Manufacturers of America, the Scottish Press Photographers Lifetime Achievement award, and the two-time recipient of the NPPA Photographer of the Year. “Benson’s photographs illustrate an important and turbulent time in world history, creating a record of events that defined a decade,” according to the Addison Gallery.
Guests can view the work of Harry Benson from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
About the Addison Gallery of American Art
Devoted exclusively to American art, the Addison opened in 1931 and holds one of the most important American art collections in the world. Its collection includes more than 23,000 works by artists such as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, George Bellows, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Jennifer Bartlett, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Kerry James Marshall, and Mark Bradford, as well as photographers Eadweard Muybridge, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Sally Mann, Dawoud Bey, Carrie Mae Weems, and many others. The Addison Gallery, located in a stand-alone building on the campus of Phillips Academy—a residential school of grades 9 through 12 in Andover, Massachusetts—offers a continually rotating series of exhibitions and programs, all of which are free and open to the public.
For more information, call 978-749-4015, or visit the website at www.addisongallery.org.