Monday, 17 August 2015


Now released for the first time, the snap is part of a unique private collection.


All these fab photos were taken from 1963 to 1968 for the magazine The Beatles Book. But they never made it into print.
As well as showing his cultivation skills, Ringo ­is snapped climbing to a ­treehouse and at the wheel of a supercar.

Paul joins ­bandmates ­gazing at their reflections in a hotel ­mirror in Margate, Kent, in 1963.
Photographer Leslie Bryce travelled the world with the band and supplied shots for the 77 editions of the monthly mag, whose circulation ­rocketed from 80,000 to 330,000 in a ­single year.


When the publication’s founder and ­editor Sean O’Mahoney retired, his daughter Jo Adams realised he was sitting on an ­extensive photo archive.
Bryce had more than 40 photo ­sessions with the band. There were far too many pictures to print at the time. Now the best are in a book taking its title from the Beatles song I’m Looking Through You.
Chris Charlesworth, a former Melody Maker editor, said: “No photographer got as close to the Beatles for so long as Leslie Bryce, whose archive has largely been forgotten until now.


“As he was working for the Beatles’ own magazine they got to know him well and behaved naturally around him.
“He shot them on tour, at Abbey Road, in their homes, simply ­thousands of ­pictures, far more than ­anyone else.
“Leslie’s pictures are not just the most important Beatles photo archive in the world but they tell a story.
“It is the Beatles’ story, the greatest pop music story of them all.”

 ‘The Beatles; Looking Through You published by Omnibus Press is available now and limited to 3,000 numbered copies’  £39.95 RRP

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