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Palm Beach People is a dazzling portrait and insider’s view of a fabled and exclusive resort community and its high-profile denizens, as seen through the lens of master photographer Harry Benson and the words of society columnist Hilary Geary Ross.
Ross and Benson’s critically acclaimed first project, the coffee-table book, New York, New York, provided readers with an inside look at the homes and portraits of New York City’s movers and shakers. In this beautiful, deluxe-size follow-up, Palm Beach People, Benson and Ross give the reader a grand tour of America’s most glamorous watering hole. You’ll meet everyone from captains of industry, politicians, movie stars, artists, and bestselling authors to celebrated athletes and society doyenne, all photographed in their exquisite private oases, often architectural masterpieces, or in other of their favorite Palm Beach settings.
Palm Beach People captures the essence of America’s most exclusive enclave, from the early 70s to today, in hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs complimented by revealing captions. Subjects include the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough; former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his wife Mila; Marie-Josée Kravis; members of the Fanjul family; Judy and Alfred Taubman; Georgina Bloomberg; Pauline Pitt; Mrs. Henry Ford; Leonard Lauder; Tommy Lee Jones; David Koch; Arriana and Dixon Boardman; Tatiana Smith; Mrs. Winston Churchill; Brooke Shields; Anne Slater; and many, many more.
Scottish born photojournalist Harry Benson was the most published photographer in LIFE magazine before it closed and continues to photograph for major magazines worldwide. 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 Harry Benson: Photographs(powerHouse Books, 2009), Bobby Fischer (powerHouse Books, 2011), and New York, New York (powerHouse Books, 2011) with Hilary Geary Ross.
Hilary Geary Ross is the Society Editor for Quest and Q magazines. She wrote the text for New York, New York (powerHouse, 2011). Ross also scribes a Palm Beach column for David Patrick Columbia’s website New York Social Diary. Her main residence is Palm Beach where her father Jeffrey Roche’s family lived. Ross has been part of the Palm Beach, NYC, and Southampton social circuit her entire life and maintains houses in each of those locations. She has been featured in Architectural Digest, Town and Country, W, Avenue, Hamptons, and House and Garden among other magazines. She is currently the President of The Blenheim Foundation Board and is on the board of The Palm Beach Preservation Foundation.