Photographer David Magnus bore witness to some of the band’s greatest moments.
A SET of amazing unseen photos show the moments The Beatles recorded their hit All You Need Is Love for a global TV audience of 400million people.
The photos feature in an exhibition taking place at Proud galleries in Chelsea in March.
Photographer David Magnus bore witness to some of the band’s greatest moments and the set of previously unseen photographs, which were taken at the world famous EMI Studio 1 in Abbey Road, offer a fascinating and candid insight into The Beatles during a historic time.
In 1963, at the age of 19, David Magnus was invited to photograph the band, who were relatively unknown at the time, during a concert at Stowe School.
This early work with the group allowed him unprecedented access throughout their rise to fame and, as such, his portfolio is chocked full of rare and unique images.
The photographer’s close relationship with the band and their publicist, Tony Barrow, granted him exclusive access to record a pivotal moment in their career 50 years ago – on the weekend of June 24 and June 25 1967, when The Beatles recorded their song ‘All you need is Love’ for the first time during a live broadcast for the BBC’s Our World.
The broadcast was the world’s first live, international, satellite television production and reached over 400million people across the globe.
David’s collection of wonderfully frank photographs feature images of the band relaxing backstage away from the recording studio, enjoying cigarette breaks and even chilling out with Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones.
Speaking of the band’s influence during that time, David said: “As I came from the EMI canteen, one of the female studio staff stopped me, put a hand on my shoulder and said to me, ‘I must touch you as you’ve been in the same room as The Beatles.’
“It was as if I carried an aura from the Beatles. This to me sums up Beatlemania.”
Now, Proud Chelsea will showcase David Magnus’ rare and remarkable collection of the session -revealing the close bond between photographer and subject.
The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus, March 16 to May 14 2017, Proud Chelsea.