He saw them standing there: Henry Grossman's never-before-seen photos of The Beatles

The photographer was a trusted friend to the band, and got over 6,000 snaps

Click to follow
The Independent Culture

Is it really possible? The Fab Four as you have never seen them before? It's a limited-edition book with a foreword by Paul McCartney of 1,000 mostly never-before-seen-in-the-UK photos of the Beatles shot at the height of Beatlemania, between 1964-1968. Taken by Henry Grossman, whom McCartney calls an “out of the ordinary” photographer, some of the photos, including one of Ringo Starr with his baby Zak holding a drumstick, have never seen the light of day before.

Grossman's book, Places I Remember: My Time With the Beatles includes informal shots – the band hanging out in Starr's yard (above), John Lennon on a skateboard and Lennon and George Harrison playing guitar with a young Julian Lennon. But why has this photographer, who doubles as a Wagnerian tenor, kept them in storage for so long?

The publishers of this book, Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, visited Grossman's studio after finding a copy of Life magazine with some of his Beatles photos. Although Grossman was known for his photos of Elizabeth Taylor and President John F Kennedy, he was also a trusted friend of The Beatles and had 6,500 photos of them.

“I gave Paul McCartney and Jane Asher a ride back to London from Bangor when The Beatles had been with the Maharishi and heard Brian Epstein had died,” says Grossman. “I was there as a friend, I wasn't taking photos.” With the ones he did take, he says: “I haven't had the time to do anything with them until now.”

'Places I Remember: My Time With the Beatles' is published by Curvebender Publishing (www.curvebender.com)

Comments