Tuesday, August 8, 2017

This day in Beatles history: the Abbey Road cover photo was taken.

August 8, 1969. 11:35am. The Beatles had their photographs taken at the Abbey Road crossing. The result is one of the most iconic photographs in history. And one oft imitated.

Paul McCartney in the Beatles Anthology: "The crossing was right outside, and we said, 'Let's just go out get a photographer, and walk out on the crossing. It'll be done in half an hour.' It was getting quite late and you always have to get the cover in ahead of the sound. So we got ahold of the photographer Iain Macmillan, gave him half an hour and walked across the crossing."

"It was a very hot day in August and I had arrived wearing a suit and sandals. It was so hot that I kicked the sandals off and walked across barefoot for a few takes, and it happened that in the shot he used I had no shoes on, Sandie Shaw style."

As you can see from these pages of the Beatles Anthology, the band walked back and forth with Macmillan just clicking away. It was the photographer who chose the final photo to be used for the album cover.
Abbey Road Crossing October 2014.

Abbey Road Crossing January 2016

Crossing the Dark Hedges (that famous location used in the Game of Thrones) Abbey Road style. Taken during our Game of Thrones Locations Tour in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The crossing opposite Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. A concept I had for the 2009 Ateneo Sports Calendar featuring the cheerleaders.

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