The Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, ‘Vale Studios, No.II’

The Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, ‘Vale Studios, No.II’

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© Robert Whitaker
London, U.K. 1966

Estate embossed giclée archival C-type print
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

‘So we, I especially, pushed for it to be an album cover, just to break the image. Anyway it’s as valid as Vietnam.’ John Lennon

At Robert Whitaker’s London studio, at 1 The Vale Road, Chelsea, following an interview for ‘The Sound of the Stars’. ‘The Butcher Sleeve’ session is a series of surreal photographs that played on the band’s celebrity.

‘I wanted to do a real experiment. People will jump to the wrong conclusions about it being sick, but the whole thing is based on simplicity, linking four very real people with something real. I got George to knock some nails into John’s head and took some sausages along to get some other pictures. I dressed them up in white smocks as butchers, and this is the result. The use of the camera as a means to creating situations’ Robert Whitaker

National Portrait Gallery

The New York Times

Harper’s Bazaar

Independent

NME

Guardian

British Beatles Fan Club

BBC

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