Robert Freeman, the British photographer who shot a few of the Beatles’ most iconic album covers, has died. He was 82 years outdated, as Deadline stories. Although the reason for demise has not but been revealed, the information of Freeman’s passing was introduced by way of the Beatles’ official Twitter account earlier at present (November eight).
Freeman was born in 1938. Early in his profession, he labored as a photo-journalist for The Sunday Instances. His life as an expert photographer took off when he started working with the Beatles within the early ’60s. Freeman would go on to shoot the now-legendary covers of Assist!, Beatles for Sale, Rubber Soul, With the Beatles, A Exhausting Day’s Evening, and extra. He additionally captured photographs of John Coltrane, Mohammed Ali, Andy Warhol, Charlton Heston, and plenty of different pivotal figures in popular culture.
Following the information of Freeman’s demise, Paul McCartney posted phrases of remembrance on his web site. “Expensive Robert Freeman has handed away. He was considered one of our favorite photographers in the course of the Beatles years who got here up with a few of our most iconic album covers,” McCartney wrote. “I’ll miss this excellent man however will all the time cherish the fond recollections I’ve of him.” Discover McCartney’s full assertion beneath.
Expensive Robert Freeman has handed away. He was considered one of our favorite photographers in the course of the Beatles years who got here up with a few of our most iconic album covers. In addition to being a fantastic skilled he was imaginative and a real authentic thinker. Folks usually assume that the duvet shot for Meet The Beatles of our foreheads in half shadow was a fastidiously organized studio shot. Actually it was taken fairly rapidly by Robert within the hall of a resort we have been staying in the place pure gentle got here from the home windows on the finish of the hall. I believe it took not more than half an hour to perform.
Bob additionally took the Rubber Soul cowl; his regular follow was to make use of a slide projector and challenge the images he’d taken onto a bit of white cardboard which was precisely album sized, thus giving us an correct concept of how the completed product would look. Throughout his viewing session the cardboard which had been propped up on a small desk fell backwards giving the photograph a ‘stretched’ look. As a substitute of merely placing the cardboard upright once more we turned excited on the concept of this new model of his photograph. He assured us that it was doable to print it this fashion and since the album was titled Rubber Soul we felt that the picture fitted completely.
I’ll miss this excellent man however will all the time cherish the fond recollections I’ve of him.