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Bobby Fischer Hardcover – June 14, 2011

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“Mr. Fischer kept a chessboard by his bed, right, just in case he had any ideas during the night.”
Harry Benson, The New York Times

“I got along with Bobby Fischer because I knew nothing about chess. Bobby thought anyone who knew about chess was a moron.”
Harry Benson, Newsweek

“Fischer was notorious for his abrasive manner, but Benson’s pictures get beyond the antagonistic persona, beyond the antics. ‘There was a softness I found in him,’ he reflects.”
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"Benson’s beautiful and evocative portraits help us recall the titan at his height."
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About the Author

Scottish born photojournalist Harry Benson was the most published photographer in LIFE magazine before it closed and continues to photograph for major magazines including Vanity Fair and Vice. In 2009, Queen Elizabeth named Benson a Commander of Order of the British Empire (CBE). Benson has had 40 one-man exhibitions of his work in the U.S. and Europe and is the author of 14 books including R.F.K.: A Photographer’s Journal (powerHouse Books, 2008), and Harry Benson: Photographs (powerHouse Books, 2009). Benson lives in New York and Florida with his wife, Gigi, who works with him on his exhibitions and books. Their two daughters live and work in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576875814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875810
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a brief delay in receiving the book, it finally arrived. Overall, book is very interesting. It's mainly a "coffee table" book with very little dialogue. Most of the pictures are shot in black and white and have never been seen before. We see Bobby getting ready for matches by boxing, skipping rope, swimming, doing pull ups, lifting a medicine ball and playing ping pong. There's one shot of Bobby holding a Coke cup in one hand and a ping pong paddle in the other giving us the famous "Fischer stare". Very intimidating. Some of the shots are outtakes from the assignment Benson did for the 11-12-71 issue of Life magazine. Oddly, most of the limited color shots are "reversed" which detracts from the picture. (The square in the lower right hand corner of the board should be white, not black. Also, Bobby parts his hair on the left, not the right). I could have also done without the pictures of Bobby in the shower. My favorites are the ones of Bobby at the board with Boris. Bensons point of view is over Boris' right shoulder.
Overall, a good book but the lack of color pictures and the sloppiness in printing them reversed prevent this from being a 5 star book.
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I am a photographer and a fan of Chess. This was a fun book for me, I loved the behind the scene stories of two very interesting men Benson and Fischer. I don't think this is the best photo book of Benson's work.
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For Bobby Fischer's fans. When he was at his peak / not the dispicable Robert J. Fischer of the nineties
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my father admired bobby fischer and played chess too. i ordered this book for him but unfortunately he passed away before i could give it to him.
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