Project Description

Bob Whitaker photographed The Beatles over a key two year period, from 1964 to 66. His photograph of The Beatles with dismembered dolls and raw meat was used on the infamous US ‘Yesterday and Today’ Butcher sleeve.

Bob Whitaker (1939-2011) was a British photographer well-known around the world for his innovative photographic style.  Born in England to an English mother and Australian father, he often described himself as, “One part English, one part Aussie lad”.  Nicknamed by Mick Jagger as “Super click”, he is best known for his numerous and often shockingly different photos of The Beatles from 1964 to 1966.  His style was heavily influenced by his good friend Salvador Dali and this can be seen in the surreal images he took.

His straight-forward, no holds-barred approach to photography left many of his subjects at ease, and allowed him to get closer than others before. Following the Beatles final world tour Bob went back to London, to help create the notorious hippy magazine “Oz”, with Martin Sharp. After this he took many shots of his good friend Salvador Dali and also photographed a number of films, including Mick Jagger as Ned Kelly and Germaine Greer in “Darling do you love me?” Later, he went on to photograph the Vietnam and Indo-Pakistani wars. This showed Bob a more dangerous side of photography and after being injured led him to take a bit of a hiatus, and raise a family.

Bob passed away in 2011 after a long battle with cancer.  He leaves behind a unique and extraordinary collection of images. Bob’s estate offers collectors the chance to acquire unsigned limited edition estate stamped photographs from his archives.