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September 25, 2011

Funny Photographs of The Beatles Taken by Robert Whitaker in 1964

Robert Whitaker (1939-2011) was a renowned British photographer, best known internationally for his many photographs of The Beatles, taken between 1964 and 1966.

On his arrival in England in August 1964, Whitaker set to work photographing the members of the NEMS stable including Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Gerry & The Pacemakers and Cilla Black. He also did several photographs of the hugely successful Australian folk-pop group The Seekers, including the cover shots for the LP Seekers Seen in Green (1967.

But it was with The Beatles and especially John Lennon, with whom he became close friends, that Whitaker created his most famous and enduring work. One of his first assignments was photographing The Beatles during their triumphant second American tour, including the historic Shea Stadium concert in New York.

He spent the next two years traveling with the Beatles and shooting them at work, at rest and at play—on their tours, at home, in the recording studio, during private moments, and in formal photo-sessions. His photos from this period include the portraits that were used to form the Klaus Voormann collage-illustration on the cover of the group's landmark 1966 LP Revolver, and a series of group portraits taken while the group was making promotional films for the singles "Rain" and "Paperback Writer" in Chiswick Park, London in 1966, including the famous "Way Out" portrait of George Harrison.

Here, below is a collection of some of funny photographs of The Beatles taken by Robert Whitaker in 1964:




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