Kingston Technology, the independent world leader in memory products, announced today that it has posted an interview with legendary photojournalist Harry Benson on its Icons of Photography microsite. A witness to history, Benson shares what it was like to be standing next to Robert F. Kennedy when he was assassinated, how he got his first big break as the only journalist allowed to interview a mass murderer in prison, and how it felt to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to his photographic exploits, Benson expresses personal goals such as his longtime desire to become a professional football (soccer) player.
“Being a member of Kingston’s Icons of Photography means I have the support of professionals I can rely on to answer any questions I might have,” said Benson. “It seems rather apropos that Kingston would take it one step further and develop a program that allows photographers from around the world to ask questions and seek advice from us. Being involved in this way brings my career full-circle as it allows me to share my life experiences,” added Benson.
The interview marks the second in a series called 20 Questions which gives site visitors an up-close-and-personal look at some of the world’s most respected photographers. Kingston encourages photographers who visit the Icons of Photography microsite to take an active role through features including Ask the Icon, which gives photographers an opportunity to pose their own questions and Critique My Image, which invites photographers to submit a photo to be constructively critiqued by one of Kingston’s Icons.
“The reaction we’ve received about this program from photographers around the world has been extremely encouraging,” said Jaja Lin, Flash memory marketing manager, Kingston. “The questions posed to the Icons and the quality of images submitted for Critique My Image shows that there is a lot of interest and talent nationally and internationally,” added Lin.
Benson has photographed every U.S. president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush. In addition, he went on maneuvers with the IRA, was in the room with former President Richard Nixon when he resigned and was next to Coretta Scott King at her husband’s funeral.