Proud Camden presents The Beatles: Revolutionary 1965 by Michael Peto, an intimate photographic portrait of The Beatles taken during one of the most significant years in The Beatles’ history, 1965, including rare and unseen shots.
Michael Peto (a photojournalist for major international artistic, intellectual and political figures of the 1950s and 60s) worked exclusively with The Beatles throughout the year of 1965, culminating in a light hearted, yet intimate and touching body of work revealing an overall less polished and relaxed side of the ‘Fab Four’; a side which manager Brian Epstein allowed few photographers to capture.
Gorgeous contrast of black and white in the prints. Printed on geletine paper it creates a black black, as opposed to digital printing which creates tones of grey. // Paul McCartney at the piano, bearded, smoking contrasts with the fresh image of the time. // Michael Peto has captured the ingredients of creativity – cigarettes, coffee, locations, and mates – a natural scene in an extraordinary set of lives. // The Beatles are recording Rubber Soul at the time – taking a new creative step both in sound and presentation of the band. The photos narrate this event. // It would be great to hear Rubber Soul playing in the background along with the images. // Each member is identifiable with a new character of clothing – Lennon in the Dylan’esque velvet jacket and cap. // Favourite image is of Paul McCartney at the piano, but the picture of the band in a make-shift television studio stands on its own. The shot shows the band being interviewed following the announcement that they would be receiving an MBE. Each member of The Beatles is in a different state of engagement. Two, in particular, are laughing as they learn that an MBE is not something to do with their manager, Mr Brian Epstein (MBE), but rather an Order of the British Empire (MBE). // According to the gallery host, the event has attracted a number of people who were in some way connected to the Beatles at that time, including young girls who followed The Beatles wherever they travelled. Lennon once remarked to them “Nice to see you again”.