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George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon

  • Location: Odeon Cinema, Lewisham - December 1963
  • Camera: AGFA
  • Limited Edition: Artist Proof with Photographers' signature
  • Film: Roll Film
  • Print Material: Ilford Multigrade fibre base IK Photographic paper (Silver Gelatin)

I was going through my extensive archives of political and celebrity photographs I have taken over the past twenty years and came across a small battered negative box and found inside a number of scratched negatives...read more

... that were taken on my father's AGFA camera when I was around 16 years old at a Beatles concert that he had taken me to in Lewisham, South East London.

Once I found out what they were, I sent them to my Print Master in London to investigate the possibilities for reproduction to large format prints. Sadly, the negative image of Ringo Starr was too damaged to reproduce a print. After a bit of current technology thrown into the process on the rest - the enlarged prints were ready to view.

I was delighted with the atmosphere that came from the prints - just electrifying - then the memories came flooding back...the screaming and hysterical madness lifting everyone off their seats at the concert. 'I Saw Her Standing There' was beginning to ring in my ears - my favourite number of that night! The rich sound of John Lennon's Richenbacker guitar - the harmonica on 'From Me To You' and the erupting mayhem from the audience on their final number - 'Twist And Shout'. A night of fab! memories.

I came away from the concert wanting to play a guitar and form a rock and roll band - just like the Beatles.
I did precisely that, when I eventually went to Art School albeit a Blues Band which had some successes backing American artists touring the UK including Sonny Boy Williamson and John Lee Hooker.

I can vaguely recall the original AGFA film was developed at Boots the Chemist in Dartford and a number of small prints were supplied in a paper envelope that were lost through the passage of time.

To complete the unique collection shown here, a separate photograph taken some years later of The Beatles record producer, George Martin has also been included. This never been seen before photograph was taken at Air Studios, with George at the recording console.

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney (Landscape)

  • Location: Odeon Cinema, Lewisham - December 1963
  • Camera: AGFA
  • Limited Edition: Artist Proof with Photographers' signature
  • Film: Roll Film
  • Print Material: Ilford Multigrade fibre base IK Photographic paper (Silver Gelatin)

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John Lennon (Landscape)

  • Location: Odeon Cinema, Lewisham - December 1963
  • Camera: AGFA
  • Limited Edition: Artist Proof with Photographers' signature
  • Film: Roll Film
  • Print Material: Ilford Multigrade fibre base IK Photographic paper (Silver Gelatin)

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George Harrison

  • Location: Odeon Cinema, Lewisham - December 1963
  • Camera: AGFA
  • Limited Edition: Artist Proof with Photographers' signature
  • Film: Roll Film
  • Print Material: Ilford Multigrade fibre base IK Photographic paper (Silver Gelatin)

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John Lennon (Portrait)

  • Location: Odeon Cinema, Lewisham - December 1963
  • Camera: AGFA
  • Limited Edition: Artist Proof with Photographers' signature
  • Film: Roll Film
  • Print Material: Ilford Multigrade fibre base IK Photographic paper (Silver Gelatin)

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John Lennon (Composite)

  • Camera: Rolleiflex
  • Film: Kodak Roll Film
  • Limited Editon: Artist Proof with Photographers' signature
  • Print Material: Ilford Multigrade fibre base IK Photographic paper (Silver Gelatin)

A unique unseen collection of twelve photographs of John Lennon taken more than 48 years ago with a Rolleiflex camera - before the rise of Beatlemania that ruled the music World....read more

"I'll do this for only ten minutes and I'll smoke OK - so get going - them I'm off to meet the rest of the lads"

John Winston Lennon was an English musician and singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Along with fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, he formed one of the 20th century's most successful songwriting partnerships.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved as a teenager in the skiffle craze; his first band, The Quarrymen, evolved into The Beatles in 1960. As the group disintegrated towards the end of the decade, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine".

After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to devote time to his infant son Sean, but re-emerged in 1980 with a new album, Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.

As of 2010, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceed 14 million units, and as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.