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Project Description

Astrid self-portrait, Hamburg
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Astrid Kirchherr

“Astrid was the one, really, who influenced our image more than anybody. She made us look good. She was the one who had the leather kecks and the Beatles haircut.”– George Harrison

A protege of the renowned Hamburg based photographer Reinhart Wolf, Astrid Kirchherr befriended the Beatles in 1960 when they were a five piece featuring Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. She first photographed them in that same year, and her well-known Hamburg funfair portraits of that five piece line-up were the band’s first proper professional photographic session. She became engaged to Stuart Sutcliffe, who left the band and stayed with her in Hamburg. She continued on her path as a photographer after Stuart’s untimely death.

A selection of Astrid Kirchherr’s early Hamburg photographs are available to purchase as limited editions in a range of sizes, each one signed and numbered by Astrid Kirchherr.

Her self-portrait, shown alongside, is equally as famous now, and is also available to purchase.

Photographs of The Beatles

The Beatles, funfair, Hamburg, 1960
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John Lennon, funfair portrait, Hamburg, 1960
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Paul McCartney, funfair portrait, Hamburg, 1960
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George, Stu and John with truck, funfair, Hamburg, 1960
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John Lennon with truck, funfair, Hamburg, 1960
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George and John in Astrid’s attic, close up portrait, Hamburg, 1962
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George and John in Astrid’s attic, full length portrait, Hamburg, 1962
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George attic portrait, Hamburg, 1962
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 John attic portrait, Hamburg, 1962
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About the limited edition photographs

Astrid’s signed limited edition photographs are available in a choice of three physical size options, and each one is individually signed and numbered by Astrid in the white border under the image area.

Astrid signs a large size George limited edition, Hamburg. Photograph by K-U Franz

The book

The book of Kirchherr’s images, entitled Astrid Kirchherr with The Beatles, presents more than 70 black and white and colour images alongside materials that retrace the close and intimate relationship which grew between the photographer and the band.

Copies are usually available to purchase at the gallery.

Astrid Kirchherr With The Beatles, book cover