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Harry Benson’s Impact on Popular Culture and Photojournalism

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. If you believe that, then the photography of legendary photojournalist Harry Benson speaks volumes of raw truth. His works have defined a generation, voiced awareness to calamities in economically devastated countries, and lent closure to the end of an era.

Harry Benson’s work crosses genre, age, and culture by bridging the gap between what makes celebrities seem untouchable and transforming them into unfabricated beings within their natural states. Benson’s photographs are famous for their uninhibited, off guard and often graphic quality. Benson’s talent lies in his ability to capture moments in time that remain classic and timeless at an effortless degree. Such moments include snapping The Beatles famed hotel pillow fight, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow caught donning masquerades at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, and even Elizabeth Taylor during her most vulnerable stage in life after undergoing surgery where a large visible scar scans her newly shaved head.

Such candid events were Harry’s ideal subjects to encompass in print. However, celebrities like rock stars and actors were not his only subjects for creative outlet. Benson has photographed former presidents, political candidates and the like. Benson’s gone from shooting the end of Nixon’s presidency upon resignation during an intimate photoshoot depicting the least-often viewed and understood aspect of Nixon at his home. To encapsulating Ronald and Nancy Reagan for the cover of Vanity Fair as they waltzed gazing into each other’s eyes showing the intimacy of their long relationship and the tenderness of a devoted marriage. Most infamously, following the tragic and sudden death of his longtime friend John Lennon, Benson was able to shoot exclusive photos of the assailant Mark David Chapman. Of all Benson’s photographic endeavors and locales, his most profoundly enlightening was his exposé revealing the utter destitution of the nations of Somalia and Vietnam, where poverty, disease, and war left families completely deficient. By his photographs, Harry made it possible to help spread awareness to the plight of the world with intense photos of impoverished countries and people that could no longer be denied.

Through his lens, Harry has provided a glimpse into the personal, tragic, and tender lives of some of the world’s most prolific and infamous figures in history. Not many photographers have matched his eye for understated beauty and his way of pulling out comical aspects of more serious subjects. These charming qualities are what makes Harry timeless and classic just like his photographs and the subjects of them that have come and passed.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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