Picture Yourself on a Set With The BeatlesAugust 3, 2018
The sheer volume of film that has been used to photograph the members of arguably the most influential band of all time would simply blow your mind. Even today, over 50 years after the Fab Four posed for their first photo together, new never-before-seen photos emerge constantly.
The Women Who Captured the Beatles on Film
The Fab Four have their own section of photographic iconography because they are the most photographed band of all time. Astrid Kirchherr not only gave the world its first glimpse of the Beatles, she created the most identifiable photos of the band in their early years of any other photographer. Astrid photographed the band while romantically involved with former band member Stuart Sutcliffe prior to his leaving the band and early death.
Linda McCartney also stamped her personal touch on much of the Lads from Liverpool’s career with her photography. Linda’s famously casual, intimate shots of husband Paul and fellow Beatles captured the band’s final years together and solo careers in pictures that have become cannon to the fans and merchandise of the Beatles. The popularity of Beatles photos has remained steady for 50 years and shows no signs of slowing.
Pictures of Beatles; Where Do They All Come From?
As the most photographed band in history, it’s no wonder that the sources of Beatles photos are as varied as the fans that adore them. Professional photo shoots aside, fans have snapped untold numbers of pictures of band members together, and individually. Even the Beatles themselves got in on the photographic fun! In “A Hard Day’s Night”, Ringo Starr desolately wanders the streets taking pictures of everyday life, and George Harrison took some of the best selfies known to man.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney joined in on the photographic fun, and the pictures captured during the Beatle Years and beyond portray them in every setting imaginable, both formal and informal. Album covers by Robert Freeman, publicity shots, and merchandising of every possible sort feature the mugs of the four mop topped musicians. The band loved photography and utilized at every opportunity. Ringo even released a song called “Photograph” in 1973.
Picture Yourself in a World Without Beatles Memorabilia
The Beatles were at the forefront of the British Invasion of the musical world and pioneered innumerable musical compositions that quite literally rewrote what music was and how we experience it. After their touring years, the Beatles continued to shape music, art, and society one song at a time. We can actually date historic events by their proximation to the Beatles phenomenon, and most often this dating is done through photography.
Evolving Music, Art, Fashion, and Society
One of the favorite pastimes of Beatles fans is timeline photography of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. There are millions of fan art depictions as well as official Beatle art that show the evolution of the band, their styles, their sounds, and of course, their music. The Beatles took photographic art to new horizons.