Thursday, 21 November 2013

Rare Beatles Photographs by Henry Grossman

The Beatles were probably the most photographed band on the planet. There are billions of photos of them that have been published, there's the well known ones like their album cover shots and shots of them live but there are also ones that are less well known. Beatles photographs that you may never have seen? Yes.

Rock Paper Photo is a fantastic website that features a wonderfully rare and largely unpublished Beatles photograph collection by Henry Grossman, who is known for his contributions to Time and LIFE magazines.

Grossman's personal Beatles photo archive contains 6,000 photographs of the Fab Four and has been hidden away, just awaiting rediscovery. Henry began photographing the Beatles during their iconic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 and ever since then was allowed exclusive access by the band to their inner circle. The photographs he got are absolutely wonderful and I am privileged to be able to promote these images on this blog.


The Beatles give a press conference in New York City, 1964. Photo by Henry Grossman. (Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)


These wonderful images capture the Beatles at the height of Beatlemania. Grossman was part of a select few photographers who were trusted by the band to photograph them. His shots of the group during Help are some of the best photographs of the Beatles ever taken, capturing them at a time when they were beginning to tire of the constant screaming and mania that surrounded them everywhere they went.

John Lennon & Paul McCartney during the filming of Help! The Bahamas, 1965. Photo by Henry Grossman. (Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)
George Harrison and a lucky lady extra during the filming of Help! The Bahamas, 1965. Photo by Henry Grossman. (Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)
Ringo Starr keeps the beat going during the filming of Help! The Bahamas, 1965. Photo by Henry Grossman. (Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)

"The problem was that we went to the Bahamas to film all the hot scenes, and it was freezing. We had to ride around and run around in shirts and trousers, and it was absolutely bloody cold!" - Ringo Starr on filming Help! in the Bahamas.


Paul goofing around between scenes. The Bahamas, 1965. Photo by Henry Grossman. (Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)
George looks like he's had enough of the cold weather. The Bahamas, 1965. Photo by Henry Grossman. (Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)
















The Beatles in Hyde Park, London, 1967. Photo by Henry Grossman (Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)

John looking fab in a Sgt. Pepper-esque suit at his Kenwood home in Weybridge, Surrey, 1967. Photo by Henry Grossman (Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)


Paul clears up his stubble at Abbey Road Studios, London, 1967. Photo by Henry Grossman (Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)


These fabulous shots and more by Henry Grossman can all be purchased here.

Check out Rolling Stone.com for more fabulous shots by Henry Grossman, courtesy of Rock, Paper, Photo.com


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