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Harry Benson – Kings & Queens


A new exhibition celebrating the renowned photographs of Harry Benson CBE entitled Harry Benson: Kings & Queens opened at the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF). Kings & Queens showcases a collection of photographs portraying World Chess Champion Robert “Bobby” Fischer, Boris Spassky, current top American chess players Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura, reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen;  Twelve American presidents from Eisenhower to Trump; Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II; and newly-commissioned work from this summer’s 2018 Sinquefield Cup, an elite chess event in St. Louis featuring 10 of the strongest chess players in the world. Iconic figures rounding out the exhibition include such diverse subjects such as Sir Winston Churchill, The Beatles, Jackie Kennedy, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger. The exhibition is a compilation of images spanning Benson’s 60+ year career, highlighting rare, behind-the-scenes shots of infamously reclusive Bobby Fischer, who befriended the celebrated photographer while he covered Fischer’s world chess championship run in the 1970s. “Bobby was an amazing chess prodigy and the most extraordinarily complicated and fascinating person I have ever met,” Benson said. “And I […]

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