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The Beatles Photographer Robert Freeman Dead at 82

Rodolfo Vieira
Nov 09, 2019
03:10 P.M.
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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.

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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.

Robert Freeman, late The Beatles photographer | Photo: Getty Images

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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.

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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"

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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.

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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.

McCartney, who described Freeman as "imaginative and a true original thinker," said:

"He was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years who came up with some of our most iconic album covers."

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.

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