Harry Benson: Shoot First on Netflix

This morning for the first time on Netflix, I was inspired, moved and privileged to experience this film about the career of Harry Benson, 1hr and 29min, 2016.

Every aspiring photographer will benefit by watching it.

Not only is it full of examples, it is a brilliant look back at the history of events since Benson first photographed the Beetles and through generations of presidents, actors and notables. Enjoyable and Brilliant. Five stars in my book.

It reminds me that no matter where one is on the journey with a camera, that’s OK. For each of us needs to see what others are doing, not to imitate them, for that may happen in spite of ourselves, but to be inspired to continue forward, knowing that if we persist enough, shoot enough, we will find our way.

The “shoot first” theme of this film, says many things to us. Most pros shoot on Aperture Priority to help achieve this. However nothing happens until we make the image and the more we shoot the more intuitive we become.

“Our first 10,000 images will be our worst”, says Henri Cartier-Bresson, another photographer with a similar name. He was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the “street photography” or “real life reportage” style that has influenced generations of photographers that followed.

Bob says… Thanks


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