HotelChatter: Developing negatives in a hotel bathtub: how did you manage this? Did it make a mess? And did the hotel ever say anything when they found out?
Harry Benson: I had a machine I brought with me on assignments that contained everything needed to set up a temporary dark room. I used it all over the world to transmit photographs to make the morning edition of the newspaper. I don't think the hotels ever knew about it.
HC: The George V has gone through a lot of changes over the years, but what has remained the same since you and the Beatles were there?
HB: My memories of my first visit to the George V with the Beatles in January 1964 have remained the same. It was a great time full of expectation. It was a turning point in their careers and it was a huge turning point in mine.
HC: Do you stay at the George V when you visit Paris these days?
HB: I usually stay with friends when I am in Paris but I always walk past the George V and I always smile.
HC: Any tips for taking a good photo in hotel room? Pillow fight is a good start but any other ideas?
HB: To me a good photograph has movement and energy, not just someone standing smiling at the camera. So letting people relax and feel at ease is important. Anyone can take a good photograph now with digital cameras and mobile phones. It is incredible. Everyone is a photographer and a good one at that.
Room rates for the hotel during Benson's exhibit are astronomical as always, at 1,350 Euros a night. So it's probably best to just pop in and peep the photos rather than stay the night. We hope Mr. Benson himself gets at least a discounted rate for one night.