New Paul McCartney Book From Photographer Harry Benson

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Paul McCartney is the subject of a new book from celebrated photographer Harry Benson, timed to the legend’s 80th birthday. The title, Paul, arrives July 26, 2022, via high-end publisher, Taschen. (The book was published in the U.K. on June 1. McCartney reached the landmark birthday on June 18.)

From the announcement: Benson began photographing McCartney in 1964, when the Beatles took America by storm, toured the world, and made their movie debut with A Hard Day’s Night. The legendary photojournalist was on hand to document it all. When the Fab Four came to an end, it was Benson who had intimate access to Paul and his wife Linda, as McCartney forged a new path, creatively and personally.

Featuring more than 100 color and black-and-white images, this collection is a window into the life of one of the world’s best-known recording artists.

Through Benson’s lens, Paul traces the evolution of its namesake from performer to icon, father and husband. We see the young musician at the height of his fame with the Beatles, in the recording studio with Linda and their band Wings, with the family, behind the scenes and on stage during the 1975–76 “Wings Over America” tour, partying with the stars, and at the couple’s quiet farm in the U.K. in the early 1990s.

A two-page spread from Harry Benson’s Paul book

Glasgow-born Benson has photographed every U.S. President since Eisenhower, the Civil Rights movement, and was next to Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated. He has also photographed some of the biggest personalities of the last 50 years, including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Her Majesty The Queen.

He was under contract to LIFE Magazine from 1970 to 2000. His photographs appear in major magazines including Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Time, Newsweek, Paris Match, and The London Sunday Times Magazine. In 2009, he was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

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