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Legendary Photos: The Stories Behind 8 of Harry Benson’s Iconic Portraits

How a master celebrity photographer captures the world's most famous people

Eddie Van Halen

Photo of Eddie Van Halen

In 1992 I was doing a photo essay for LIFE magazine on the greatest living guitar players which included so many of the greats. With my associate, Jon Delano, I traveled to Malibu to photograph Eddie Van Halen­ for the story. He was front and center on the list. He seemed not to have a care in the world, and holding his famous guitar, he happily sat on a rock in the ocean near his Southern California home. Jon told me years later that his new shoes were ruined by the ocean water, but it was worth it.

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