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Astrid Kirchherr: Beatles photographer dies aged 81

Astrid Kirchherr: Beatles photographer dies aged 81

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Astrid Kirchherr, the German photographer whose early shots of The Beatles helped turn them into icons, has died aged 81.She took the first photo of the band in Hamburg in 1960, and is credited with helping develop their visual style.Her death was announced by Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, who said she died in the city on Wednesday following a short illness."Her gift to the Beatles was immeasurable," he wrote on Twitter.Kirchherr first came across the band when she visited a nightclub in her native Hamburg where they were playing. "It was like a merry-go-round in my head, they looked absolutely astonishing," she later told Beatles biographer Bob Spitz. "My whole life changed in a couple of minutes. All I wanted was to be with ...
McCartney’s tribute as photographer behind classic Beatles albums dies

McCartney’s tribute as photographer behind classic Beatles albums dies

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have paid tribute to the photographer behind some of The Beatles most famous album covers, who has died aged 82.Robert Freeman helped define the band's image, especially with the 1963 cover for With The Beatles - their second album. The black and white picture featured simple head shots of the Fab Four in part shadow.It was also used for the 1964 US album Meet The Beatles! Image: Freeman pictured in Valencia in 2006 next to some of his work Freeman went on to take the photos used on Beatles For Sale, Help!, and Rubber Soul - where the photo was subtly stretched. Advertisement Paying tribute online, McCartney said: "People...
Beatles fans mark 50th anniversary of iconic Abbey Road album cover

Beatles fans mark 50th anniversary of iconic Abbey Road album cover

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By Gemma Peplow, entertainment reporter Beatlemania has returned to Abbey Road, 50 years on from the camera clicking on the image that would go on to become one of the most famous album covers ever created.Tribute act Fab Gear followed in the footsteps of their heroes Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison to re-enact the iconic zebra crossing photograph as about 2,500 fans cheered them on. Image: Phill Marshall Agourakis performs as John Lennon in Beatles tribute band Fab Gear Pic: Dominic Hughes Traffic stopped, musicians played and sang their favourite Beatles hits - and there was even a proposal of marriage from one of the Fab Four. ...