Rare Unseen Beatles Photographs Surface in Berkeley, CA

Posted by David Ozanich — 15 Nov 2010

The University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Gallery is hosting a rare trove of previously unseen Beatles photographs according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt has had a stash of negatives of the Fab Four sitting in a box for over 40 years:

The Beatles had just finished recording what came to be known as the White Album. They wanted some fresh publicity photos shot by an unknown photographer. Goldblatt knew a guy who knew Apple Corps publicist Derek Taylor, and that's how he got the job. To be on the safe side, the Beatles had also hired famed war photographer Don McCullin.

The shoot came to be known as Mad Day Out, and the Beatles lived up to this, bringing along a variety of costume changes. "We did a studio shot, and then we jumped in a few cars and stopped at random all over London," says Goldblatt, who was 23 at the time. "We jumped out, no security, no nothing, and shot. They were very lighthearted."

Goldblatt casually mentioned this to Ken Light, the head of the documentary photography program at Berkeley, and Light jumped at the chance to exhibit them. He took charge of blowing up 25 prints to display as well as archiving the negatives. There is also a limited edition book that's been printed of the photographs. The show will be on view in the North Gate Hall until January 2011.

So how does Goldblatt feel about his brush with greatness?

"I preferred the Stones, really," he says. "Always did."


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