Celebrity photographer Harry Benson CBE has put himself up for auction to help a fellow photojournalist who was injured in a car crash. rnrnPicture credit: Derek Blair
RENOWNED SCOTS PHOTOGRAPHER GOES UNDER THE HAMMER
PICTURE - Harry Benson shot by Derek Blair
World Famous Harry Benson puts himself up for auction to help injured colleague
Harry Benson, arguably Scotland’s most celebrated photographer, has agreed to have lunch with the highest bidder in a unique fundraising auction for photographer, Derek Blair.
The Scot, who famously photographed The Beatles as they greeted their American fans for the first time, is taking part in the auction in a bid to raise much-needed cash for Blair, who was seriously injured in a car crash last year.
The Scottish Press Photographers Association (SPPA) is arranging the auction. And the amazing prize is an all expenses paid lunch at the exclusive, The Rogano restaurant in Glasgow.
Benson, whose work has featured on the front of Time, People and Vanity Fair agreed to put himself under the hammer to help out his fellow Scot.
The photographer said he was shocked to hear the news about SPPA member Blair. The pair met three years ago when Blair photographed Benson for a Daily Record feature in New York, before Blair embarked on his own freelance career.
Speaking about Blair’s accident, Harry said : ‘I’m very upset to hear about Derek and pass on my warmest wishes.’ On the auction to raise funds he added, ‘I would be delighted to take the winner to lunch next time I’m home.’
Both photographers forged illustrious careers based on US presidents, with Benson having snapped every one since Eisenhower and Blair covering the election of Barack Obama for the Telegraph Group.
The auction follows recent fundraising events, including a charity golf day and raffle in April that raised over £ 1600 to help support Derek.
A number of other items will be auctioned over the coming weeks and months to help support Derek.
The auction will remain open until 11.59pm on Friday, June 17 and bids can be registered by going to www.thesppa.org.
To make a donation, contact Kenny Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07809 450119
Harry Benson is interviewed by Record feature writer Paul English, poses with wife Gigi, and dogs Daisy the Pugg, and Oskar the Daschund at home in New York before setting off in a taxi.)
Celebrity photographer Harry Benson CBE has put himself up for auction to help a fellow photojournalist who was injured in a car crash.
Benson (pictured), who has photographed every US president since Eisenhower, said he was shocked to hear news that photographer Derek Blair had been seriously hurt.
So, Benson agreed to help raise funds for Derek by giving people the chance to win an all-expenses paid lunch with him at a top restaurant in Glasgow.
The pair met three years ago when Blair photographed Benson for a Daily Record feature in New York, according to the Scottish Press Photographers Association which is organising the dinner date.
The auction has been extended until 24 June.
For details of the auction visit www.thesppa.org
To make a donation contact Kenny Smith at email@example.com or call 07809 450119.
Picture credit: Derek Blair