The Beatles Photographer Robert Freeman Dead at 82
Almost everyone has heard of The Beatles, but only a few have heard of their number one photographer, Robert Freeman, who recently passed away at the age of 82.
Freeman, an English photographer and graphics designer, drew his last breath on Friday, November 7, although his cause of death is yet to be revealed.
The heartbreaking news was shared through the band's website, where his incredible work was highlighted, especially the covers he came up with for some of the albums.
HE WAS ONE OF THE REASONS BEHIND THE BAND'S SUCCESS
Freeman helped the band define their image through the art of photography which, according to the website, will forever be "loved, discussed, appreciated, emulated."
The late photographer created a total of five album covers - "With The Beatles," "A Hard Day's Night," "Beatles For Sale," "Help!" and "Rubber Soul" - which certainly serve as inspiration for other photographers.
Long will his photos of the band be appreciated and continue to inspire other photographers.— The Beatles (@thebeatles) November 8, 2019
Our thoughts are with his family and friends, along with our appreciation and gratitude for the creative work he produced for the band. pic.twitter.com/nHBAx69leb
BEFORE THE BEATLES
It has been reported that Freeman started his career by working as a photojournalist for London's Sunday Times and focused on portraits of jazz musicians before working with The Beatles.
"He was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years"
ROBERT FREEMAN RIP— John Lennon (@johnlennon) November 8, 2019
Sending love and peace to the family of the great Robert Freeman, friend and photographer for @TheBeatles, who shot the covers for With The Beatles, Beatles For Sale, Help! and Rubber Soul as well as John's books In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works. pic.twitter.com/IZMoKsHSIU
THE FAMOUS BLACK-AND-WHITE SHOT
Freeman's most iconic photo served as the black-and-white cover of "With The Beatles." It featured the four members of the band with half of their faces hidden in the shadows.
While some people might think that the photo was arranged in a studio, the truth is that it was simply taken in the corridor of a hotel that the band was staying at the time.
The revelation was made by Paul McCartney, who added that the natural light coming from the windows at the end of the corridor was what allowed Freeman to capture such a fantastic shot.
"He was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years who came up with some of our most iconic album covers."
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Paul on stage in Rotterdam during the 'Wings Over Europe' tour. Paul will release ‘Wings 1971-73’ along with reissuing ‘Wild Life’ and ‘Red Rose Speedway’ on 7th December as part of his GRAMMY-winning Archive Collection. Full details at PaulMcCartney.com #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #Wings #PaulMcCartney #WildLife #RedRoseSpeedway #1972
The legendary singer paid tribute to the late photographer through his official website, claiming that he will miss "this wonderful man" and that he will always cherish the fond memories that he has of him.