The Beatles’ legendary musician, Paul McCartney suffers after the tragic death of a long-time friend and the photographer behind “Rubber Soul” and “Help!” album covers, Robert Freeman.
Unfortunately, Robert Freeman found dead in his house at the age of 82 and Paul McCartney wrote a touching letter to his friend.
Here is what Paul McCartney said:
“He was one of our favorite photographers who came up with some of our most iconic album covers. Besides being a great professional he was imaginative and a true original thinker.
People often think that the cover shot for Meet The Beatles! [US title of With The Beatles] of our foreheads in half shadow was a carefully arranged studio shot.
In fact, it was taken quite quickly by Robert in the corridor of a hotel we were staying in where natural light came from the windows at the end of the corridor. I think it took no more than half an hour to accomplish.”
“Bob’s normal practice was to use a slide projector and project the photos he’d taken on to a piece of white cardboard, which was exactly album sized, thus giving us an accurate idea of how the finished product would look.
During his viewing session the card, which had been propped up on a small table, fell backwards giving the photograph a ‘stretched’ look. Instead of simply putting the card upright again we became excited at the idea of this new version of his photograph.”
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