From Naomi Campbell to Arnold Schwarzenegger, name the celebrities in the last 30 years who have most likely been photographed by Dave Bennett.
Benett, 64, has gone from Fleet Street assistant to one of the UK’s most prolific society photographers, capturing everyone from Jack Nicholson to Nelson Mandela to Michael Jackson.
A new exhibition dedicated to his work opened in London last night, showcasing some of his most iconic images to the public.
In one, Princess Diana and Liza Minnelli sit and gossip in the corner of a party – the performer covers her mouth with her hand to whisper something that gives the royal family goosebumps.
Wa-woom in Versace! Liz Hurley at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994. This is one of the iconic images by photographer Dave Bennett, exhibited in London.
Princess and performer: Bennett said he had “eight seconds” to photograph Princess Diana and Liza Minnelli chatting in a corner at a party in London in 1991.
Supermodels: Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss hand in hand at a glitzy party in London, 1999.
In another, Prince Charles, wearing a black tie, makes his way through a party, making his way past Donatella Versace, with the Prince watching him in the background.
Mr. Bennett also photographed Liz Hurley in the famous Versace dress, a photo that went around the world.
The Great Shot, Kid exhibition runs until March 8 at London’s JD Malat Gallery.
Celebrity friends attended the opening, including Sadie Frost, Jamie Winston and socialite DJ Lady Mary Charteris.
Ahead of the opening, Mr. Bennett shared stories from his 30-year career, including an altercation with Paul Gascoigne at strip club mogul Peter Stringfellow’s birthday party.
He told The Times how a fight broke out between Gazza and several tabloid photographers at a party after one of them took a picture of him on the dance floor with model Linda Lusardi.
Party girl: supermodel Claudia Schiffer at a party in a pink dress with sequins
Charles’ Starry Eyes: The Prince and his wife, Prince Charles, Donatella Versace and Lenny Kravitz touch shoulders at a celebrity party in London, June 1999.
It Girl: Kate Moss leaving an event at the National Portrait Gallery in January 2002.
The football player began to chase Benett up the stairs and caught up with him, pinning him against the wall.
“I know he’s Northern, right, so he’ll try to butt me,” Bennett recalled. The photographer grabbed Gazza’s hand, and the couple started “climbing up this ladder, holding on to each other like that.”
The fight was broken up when Stringfellow’s birthday boy intervened.
On another occasion, Benett stabbed Prince Ernst of Hanover, former husband of Princess Caroline, after a European aristocrat fell out with a colleague.
Let’s dance! Waltz by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in Cannes, 2014.
It’s just rock and roll, but I love it: Mick Jagger wears a leather coat to a party
The photographer, who works for the Evening Standard and the Getty, named other difficult stars, saying that Rowan Atkinson is “terrible” and that photographing him is like “drawing blood from a stone.”
He claims that Sacha Baron Cohen can also be sly, saying “He’s very happy if he arrives as Ali G or whatever.
“For guys like us, it’s always very difficult because we work at a party and he is married to a beautiful girl, Isla. [Fisher]and he doesn’t want to be photographed and you’re like, “What the hell? What’s happening?”
Back to black: Amy Winehouse smiles for the camera in one of Dave Bennett’s shots
Art around! Tracey Emin in a playful pose with a rose in her mouth, 1999.
“And that opens up this whole ‘you can’t abuse my art’ debate and you’re like, ‘You’re just a fucking comedian. You’re a comic actor and all of a sudden you have style.” ‘
Bennett is much more impressed by model sisters Poppy, Cara Delevingne and Bella Hadid, who, according to him, always take time to talk with fans.
Starting as a crime photographer, photographing criminals including Denis Nielsen, Bennett has risen through the ranks and is now invited to some of the world’s most exciting events.
Other standout items include Liz Hurley and The Duke of Edinburgh, whose photographs are featured in his new exhibition.