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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

Al Pacino

Photo of Al Pacino

It was late at night and very cold. I was walking home from the LIFE magazine office and happened upon Francis Ford Coppola discussing a scene from The Godfather with Al Pacino and Diane Keaton. They were outside Radio City Music Hall which is across the street from the Time Life Building in New York.

In this scene Pacino learns that his father (Marlon Brando) has been shot and presumed killed.  Diane Keaton sees the headline on the Daily News: “Vito Corleone Feared Murdered.” Al Pacino, who was supposed to be listening to Coppola, was instead staring straight at me as I took the photograph. Although I do not like to work on a film as the set photographer as there is too much sitting around repeating scene after scene, I’m glad I took this photograph as The Godfather is my favorite film. It is brilliant.

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