Following the success of the Harry Benson: Seeing America exhibition at the Scottish Parliament last year, it has been announced today that it will go on display in Aberdeenshire.
The exhibition includes more than 80 of the photographer’s most iconic images capturing significant moments in America’s social, political and cultural history over the last 50 years.
The Scottish Parliament will loan the exhibition to the National Trust for Scotland and it will go on display at Drum Castle in Banchory, Aberdeenshire from 22 April to 3 December 2017.
Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Linda Fabiani MSP said:
“This exhibition was one of the Parliament’s most popular, with thousands of people flocking to see it while it was on display at Holyrood. The Parliament is delighted the exhibition will now go on loan to the National Trust for Scotland. We hope many people across the North East will take this opportunity to see and enjoy Harry’s photographs.
“Harry has photographed every American President since Eisenhower. He was there when The Beatles landed in America in the 60s, when Robert Kennedy was assassinated and he has photographed a plethora of American icons including Muhammad Ali, Dolly Parton and Jack Nicolson. All of this and more features in the Harry Benson: Seeing America exhibition.”
“This exhibition is a must see for anyone with an interest in American politics, history and culture.”
National Trust for Scotland General Manager Iain Hawkins said:
“We are very excited to bring this amazing exhibition to Aberdeenshire. Drum Castle has built an excellent reputation for bringing exciting exhibitions over the past few years, and it is quite an honour to be preparing to host the work of one of Scotland’s most renowned photographers.”
Harry Benson CBE said:
“I am very pleased that my photographs in the exhibit Harry Benson: Seeing America will be on display at the venerable and historic Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire. I am hoping to get over to Scotland to see the exhibit while it is there.”
Originally from Glasgow, Benson arrived in America with The Beatles and never returned. He went on to photograph every U.S. President since Eisenhower – documenting the highs and lows of the office, from President Nixon’s resignation speech to Jimmy Carter during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
As a photojournalist, Harry relished the opportunity to be at the heart of global news stories and the exhibition includes a series of photographs documenting the racial tensions and discrimination in 1960s America. Harry was one of fewer than 10 journalists to cover James Meredith’s March Against Fear in Mississippi in 1966 to encourage African Americans to register to vote. He was also present during the Watts Uprising which saw 34 African Americans killed during a series of riots in Los Angeles.
Harry has also had access to some of the most well-known faces in the fields of fashion, music and entertainment, from The Beatles and Muhammad Ali to James Brown, Jack Nicholson and Dolly Parton. This exhibition will tell the story of Harry’s varied and fascinating career in the U.S.