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The Beatles

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Avedon, Richard, born 1923 - died 2004 (artist)
    Epstein, Brian, born 1934 - died 1967 (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Print of a solarised photographic image

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.282-2002

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2F, shelf DR106

Richard Avedon, a leading American photographer, took this photograph of The Beatles in 1967. It was commissioned, alongside four individual psychedelic portraits of the band, by the band's manager Brian Epstein (i.e. NEMS Enterprises). The posters were widely distributed by different magazines, including The Daily Express in England and Look magazine in the United States. This set is one distributed by Stern magazine in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

These posters are seminal images of the late 1960s, not least because of the subject matter. The Beatles were at the height of their fame, and for this banner poster Richard Avedon captured an iconic image of the band in stark black and white.

Physical description

Poster featuring the Beatles, print of solarized photographic image.

Place of Origin

London (possibly, made)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

Avedon, Richard, born 1923 - died 2004 (artist)
Epstein, Brian, born 1934 - died 1967 (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Print of a solarised photographic image

Dimensions

Height: 14 in, Width: 40 in

Descriptive line

Poster of the Beatles, print of solarized photographic image, Richard Avedon, late 1960s

Production Note

PPP printers for 'Stern' magazine

Subjects depicted

Singers; The Beatles; Musicians

Categories

Prints; Photographs; Portraits; Fashion; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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