Robert Freeman, the photographer behind some of the Beatles' most famous early pictures, including the cover recordings for the albums The night of a hard day. Help! and Rubber souldied at the age of 82 years.
Paul McCartney praised Freeman by publishing a long online tribute praising him as "one of our favorite photographers who has produced some of our most legendary album art." He added, "He was not only a great professional, but also a resourceful and original thinker."
Freeman also worked on the final sequences of the first two Beatles films. The night of a hard day and Help!, and made the cover photos for the albums With the Beatles and Sell Beatles,
McCartney, 77, explained in detail how Freeman created some of the group's most popular images: "People often think that the cover was made for them Meet the Beatles! [USTitelvon[UStitleof[US-Titelvon[UStitleofWith the Beatles]One of our foreheads in partial shade was a carefully arranged studio shot, "he said.
"In fact, it was picked up pretty quickly by Robert in the corridor of a hotel we lived in, where natural light came through the windows at the end of the corridor. I think it did not take more than half an hour to finish it. "
The series of headshots of McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon appearing like movie frames on the front The night of a hard day were recorded in Freeman's London studio. He asked her to make new facial expressions for each photo.
This weekend, McCartney also described how Freeman came up with the distortion Rubber soul Cover picture that appears under the title logo designed by Charles Front.
"Bob's usual practice was to use a slide projector and project the photos he took onto a piece of white cardboard exactly the size of an album, so we had a clear idea of what the finished product would look like," wrote McCartney.
During his viewing session, the card placed on a small table fell back, giving the photograph a stretched look. Instead of just keeping the map upright, we were thrilled with the idea of this new version of his photo.
"He assured us that it would be possible to print it that way and because the album carries the title Rubber soul We felt that the picture fits perfectly. "
Freeman, born in London and educated in Cambridge, began his photographic career on the Sunday times and coined initially the black and white studies of jazz musicians, including the saxophonist John Coltrane. Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, first commissioned Freeman in 1963 with a group portrait of the band.
Freeman later worked as a director for the cult movie Swinging London The touchables and was also the photographer for the first Pirelli calendar.
He suffered a severe stroke in 2014 and his family paid for maintaining and preserving his archive by selling a copy of one of his John Lennon portraits.
McCartney said goodbye and wrote: "I will miss this wonderful man, but always cherish the beautiful memories I have of him. Thank you, Bob. Dear Paul. "