Tony Benn, the great Labour politician has passed away aged 88. I was fortunate enough to photograph him on many an occasion, mostly whilst he was in Edinburgh for his highly popular readings at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The shot above comes from one of those occasions. He always sat for photos and photographers with great patience, kindly and humourously obliging us with puffing on his pipe endlessly to give us the smoke we wanted in images.
There is great quote about photography by Tony Benn, “…photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.”
I hope they have his favourite pipe tobacco wherever he has departed for. Godspeed Tony Benn.