Abbey Road and The Beatles:
Here’s proof that it pays to do those unpaid work experience gigs as a struggling student. In 1963, a young 19-year-old David Magnus was asked to photograph an upcoming band called The Beatles during a small concert at Stowe School. It was the start of a long-standing relationship between the photographer and the Fab Four. It helped establish him as one of the most sought after photographers of his generation. Among his later sitters were Brigitte Bardot, Jimi Hendrix and Marianne Faithfull.
A few years later in 1967, when The Beatles were atAbbey Road, Magnus got his world exclusive. He followed the group to the Abbey Road Studios for their historic live international satellite production of All You Need is Love on the weekend of the 24th of June. The recording was aired to 400 million people worldwide. That’s quite a career jump in only 4 years.The Proud Gallery in Chelsea is this month presenting many unseen behind-the-scenes pictures taken over the course of that momentous weekend at the EMI studios.
You’ll see here from his photographs a band who had the whole world in their hands, but there’s also a strong sense of the camaraderie that the men shared at this time in their lives. Beatlesmania was sweeping the world, but it was also the era of television. A time when the news started to travel fast, something that we take for granted today. The excitement for Magnus must have been beyond description. Some of the limited run prints are for sale (dig deep for £1.5k) but entry is free! The Beatles Unseen Photographs by David Magnus runs from March 16-May 14 2017, at the Proud Gallery Chelsea
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