Robert Freeman, the British photographer who shot the covers for such Beatles albums as Help!, Beatles for Sale, Rubber Soul, With the Beatles, and A Hard Day’s Night, has died at the age of 82.
“Besides being a great professional he was imaginative and a true original thinker. People often think that the cover shot for Meet 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 also took the Rubber Soul cover; his normal practice was to use a slide projector and project the photos he’d taken onto 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. He assured us that it was possible to print it this way and because the album was titled Rubber Soul we felt that the image fitted perfectly.”
Beyond his work with The Beatles, Freeman shot for The Sunday Times, capturing photos of John Coltrane, Mohammed Ali, Andy Warhol, and many other pop culture icons.
Robert Freeman, long time photographer of The Beatles, has passed away – he created some of the most iconic images of the band, featured on the album covers of With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, Help! and Rubber Soul. pic.twitter.com/W1upi05JCn
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) November 8, 2019
ROBERT FREEMAN RIP
Sending love and peace to the family of the great Robert Freeman, friend and photographer for @TheBeatles, who shot the covers for With The Beatles, Beatles For Sale, Help! and Rubber Soul as well as John's books In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works. pic.twitter.com/IZMoKsHSIU
— John Lennon (@johnlennon) November 8, 2019