The Times: Up close to the A-list: confessions of a celebrity photographer

Date: 5 February 2022

Princess Diana and Liza Minnelli on the town after a charity premiere, 1991, and, right, Elizabeth Hurley in ‘that dress’, with Hugh Grant, at the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere, 1994. Both images were taken by Dave Benett: ‘Diana gave us eight seconds to take these’

DAVE BENETT

Dave Benett, paparazzo turned society photographer, has asked me to meet him at Soho House on Greek Street in central London, but I am not 100 per cent sure what he looks like, so accustomed am I to seeing him with a Nikon to his face, features cast in shadow by the blitz of his flash gun. But I needn’t have worried. When he arrives, there are explosions of his name from all corners. “Dave! Dave!” a man waves vigorously, another pumps his hand, a woman blows a kiss. Young actors, Benett tells me. One might be a singer, now he comes to think of it. The exchanges continue as we pass along corridors, stars with glassy complexions: “Dave!” “Dave!” “Hi!” “Hi!”

This is striking.

 

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