Since I’ve learned about the Orange County Canon Experience Center’s educational programs about 2 month ago, I’ve taken a few night classes there. I take every opportunity to educate myself, especially about photography.

I signed up for the Harry Benson: Shoot First event at least a couple of weeks ago, and I have to tell you honestly that I didn’t read the description well enough. I thought that I was just going to see a documentary about Harry; you can imagine my surprise, when I actually saw him in person coming into the theatre, and after the movie having him answer questions from the audience.




Harry is 86 now, and he is still as funny as he was throughout his life. It was awesome to get the background stories behind many of his images, and also hear his insights about photography. This was one of the most inspiring events I’ve attended in the past decade.

A few of Harry Benson’s famous images in the gallery:





Harry gave us permission to take pictures and videos of him (at least I had my iPhone with me), and here is his answer to one of the question: “What was his most powerful, moving picture he had taken.”


The documentary of his life is very interesting, entertaining, and touching. If you get a chance, make sure you watch it. It is available after December 9, 2016: HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST 

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