Benson would go on to photograph the likes of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and the Queen. He has also photographed every American president since Eisenhower, and was was with Robert. F Kennedy when we was assassinated in 1968.
The Beatles had an incredibly loyal fan base. Stories of girls fainting at the mere sight of the band walking on stage were common, and the four would often get accosted no matter where they were in the world.
In 1966 Benson was sent to take photos of the fallout from John Lennon’s infamous “We’re bigger than Jesus Christ” comments in Chicago. According to Benson: “Lennon was broken, he was crying, and shattered, and the rest of the group wasn’t giving him much sympathy.”
Benson recalls how the band had become more “cynical, and were sick of touring. John turned to me and said: ‘We aren’t going to do this for much longer.’ Paul added: ‘Of course it’s going to stop, we’d look stupid jumping around on stage at 40.'”
Months later the band would play their final scheduled show. Benson writes that the two years he spent with the band were like none he had ever experienced, or would experience again.
“With most of my pictures I think I could have done better, but this was the perfect moment, it won’t happen again. I got it.”
“The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966” by Harry Benson, published by Taschen… H E R E.