Title – A Day In The Life Of The Beatles
Author – Don McCullin
Year Published – 2010
Length – 144 Pages
Format – Hardcover
Publisher – Rizzoli
Condition – Excellent
Although best known as a war photographer, in the early summer of 1968 Don McCullin was telephoned by Paul McCartney with an irresistible assignment: to photograph The Beatles in a variety of locations across London, to provide publicity shots and a cover image for Life magazine.
Don McCullin - One day in 1968 I got a phone call, which I thought was just a joke. An unfamiliar voice said he was phoning from Apple and wondered if I would consider spending a day photographing The Beatles for a fee of two hundred pounds. They were a little tired of approaches from photographers and wanted to get a fresh supply of pictures. They would return the negatives and I would keep the copyright.
At the time, The Beatles were in the midst of recording The White Album, and the photography session promised brief respite from the often strained atmosphere inside the studio. The event became known as the Mad Day Out, and saw the group visit seven different locations where hundreds of stills were taken.
28 July 1968 was the date of the Mad Day Out. Also joining the party were five others with camera – Ronald Fitzgibbon, Stephen Goldblatt, Tom Murray, Tony Bramwell and Mal Evans – plus John Lennon’s girlfriend Yoko Ono; McCartney’s girlfriend Francie Schwartz; and Evans’ six-year-old son Gary.
A Day In The Life Of The Beatles is an anthology of McCullin’s photographs from the Mad Day Out. Although several of the images have assumed iconic status in the intervening years, many are previously unpublished. The pick of the day’s photographs are presented here in non-chronological order, in a mixture of black-and-white and colour.