Ronald Reagan served many roles during his life - movie star, governor, conservative icon and of course 40th president of the United States.
These photos, selected by Benson himself, reveal recollections of visiting, traveling with and photographing Reagan and his wife Nancy.
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Above: The Reagans at the White House in 1985. Photo taken by Harry Benson.