Bob Whitaker photographed The Beatles over a key two-year period from 1964 to 1966.
Bob was first introduced to the Beatles in 1964 when he photographed Brian Epstein during the band’s first Australian tour. He was a 23-year-old photographer based in Melbourne when Brian, impressed by his work, soon invited him to London to photograph the Beatles and other bands he managed. Brian had recognised in Bob an artist with an individual approach that paralleled the Beatles’ own growing rejection of pop conventions, and whose work might reflect the group’s own changing ideas.
Bob spent two years traveling with the Beatles and shooting them at work, at rest and at play, on their tours, at home, in the recording studio, during private moments, and in formal photo-sessions. He was given a free hand to record events in a way that was very strong on atmosphere, and encouraged his surrealist approach – most strikingly in his infamous 1966 ‘Butcher’ session. As Bob wryly recalled, “It’s not surprising some of my photographs were sometimes considered unsuitable for reproduction in newspapers.”
Bob Whitaker passed away in 2011. His estate ensure his legacy lives on and offers collectors the opportunity to purchase estate authorised limited editions in a choice of size options. Some signed work is available.