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Award-winning California photographer Henry Benson's photos are familiar to many. He took exceptional photographs of the performers at the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and also for the Monterey Jazz Festival and other area events. Henry Benson died in March, 2008.

With the assistance of Henry Benson's friend, Dixie Dixon, we are honored to have a selection of his photographs from the 2006 Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, below.

Henry shared his photos from the 2005 Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, which you can see in our report here.


photo by Rita Costa-Hollmann

 

Henry Benson's long-time partner, Raisa Betsi, shared the following obituary and photos:

Henry McKinley Benson III, born on October 25, 1946, passed away on March 4th, 2008. He was a renaissance
man with an artistic ability that spanned jewelry, water color painting and photography.
 
Henry Benson was an active member of the Image Makers organization. Henry was well known for his outstanding
images of Jazz and Blues artists. 

For more than 10 years, Henry Benson worked as a volunteer photographer for many events on Monterey peninsula: 
Monterey Blues and Jazz Festivals, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Car Shows, Santa Cruz Blues Festival, Big Sur Marathon and many more.
 
In 2006-2007 he worked as freelance photographer for 65 Magazine (of Monterey Peninsula).

Henry is survived by his son, Stacy Benson, his daughter-in-law, Cheri Gyuro-Benson, two lovely grandchildren: Hayley and James, and by his long-time partner Raisa Betsi. In Raisa's words, "Henry was a father, loving grandfather, an honest partner, an inspiring colleague, with an unique creative vision."

His friendly discussions, jovial personality and remarkable artistic abilities will be greatly missed by many.


photo by Henry Benson

Henry named this Rock "Martian Rock" (at Point Lobos Park/Reserve. All this landscape looks like an image from space... was taken by Henry Benson in 2005 with an unique Collectors' film camera GLOBUSCOP... This kind of camera was used mostly for movie makers/photographers. They were made in limited number of 700.

 


2006 Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

Page One
below
Dave Stamey
Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave
Cowboy Celtic
Doris Daley
Mike Beck
Juni Fisher
Sons of the San Joaquin
 

Page Two
Jean and Gary Prescott
Sourdough Slim
Jill Jones
The O'Brien Family Band
Jim and Karen Ross
Paul Zarzyski
 

Page Three
Local Talent and Festival Organizers: Bill Farr, Dixie Dixon, Frank Pinney, Gerry Montgomery, Mick Vernon,
Don Burnham, Nancy Raven, Dave Sweigert, Spence Myers, Steve Mortensen, Taelen Thomas

Fans, Open Mic Performers, Art and Gear Show Vendors, and Others: Jim Bone, Jim Cardwell, Sally Smith,  Mike Wells, Ed Boyle, and others

Dave Stamey

 
photos by Henry Benson

  
photo by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson
Mike Beck and Dave Stamey

 

Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave


photo by Henry Benson

  
photos by Henry Benson

  
photos by Henry Benson

Cowboy Celtic's Denise Withnell and David Wilkie


photo by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson

 

  
photos by Henry Benson

  
photos by Henry Benson

Doris Daley


photo by Henry Benson

   
photos by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson

Mike Beck


photo by Henry Benson

 

    
photos by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson
Belinda Gail and Mike Beck

Juni Fisher


photo by Henry Benson

 
photos by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson
Juni Fisher and Belinda Gail


photo by Henry Benson
 Juni Fisher, Belinda Gail, and Patty Clayton


 

 

Sons of the San Joaquin
Joe, Jack, and Lon Hannah


photo by Henry Benson

  
photos by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson


photo by Henry Benson

 

 

More photos on Page two


  Special thanks to Dixie Dixon for her assistance with this feature.

 

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