Friday, May 17, 2013

Harry Benson - The Beatles Pillow Fight Contact Sheet, George V Hotel, Paris, 1964

The Beatles Pillow Fight Contact Sheet, George V Hotel, Paris, 1964

Scottish photographer Harry Benson has shot presidents and prime ministers, all manner of conflicts and crises, but the photographs he will probably best be remembered for were of a rock 'n' roll band. "Some assignments I could go back and improve on," says the Glasgow-born snapper. "But that's not the case with the Beatles. When I photographed those lads having a pillow fight, it was something that could never again be duplicated or copied. A good photograph is a glimpse and gone forever."

Below are some of funny photographs from his contact sheet of the Fab Four pillow fight, they were shot at 3 a.m. in the Georges V hotel in Paris in 1964.

(via The Wall Street Journal, images courtesy of Harry Benson)

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  1. Such a great post.

  2. Prominent photojournalist Harry Benson has been capturing historic world events and figures through the span of his celebrated career,building up a body of color and black-and-white photographs that narratives the tumultuous decades from the 1950s to now.His career skyrocketed in 1964,when he documented the Beatles on their first American visit, and took the now-iconic photograph of the foursome having a pillow fight in bed.@Kim Martin.