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Astrid Kircherr collection at Rock Paper Photo
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parlance
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13 July 2013 - 3.36am

From the website:

Rock Paper Photo is pleased to introduce the Astrid Kirchherr Early Beatles Colletion of photographs - one of the most important photographic records of mid-20th century pop culture. It includes images that have never been published. Photographs available for sale in this special release include Silver Gelatin limited edition prints hand-signed by the photographer.

Some pics at the link.

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13 July 2013 - 4.30am

That's awesome.  heart  Thanks for sharing!

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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13 July 2013 - 4.33am

I love Astrid's photos. However good their later photographers were, none ever quite captured them as she did - and it was nothing to do with their changing image. As she is quoted as saying on the above site, it is to do with the connection between those of front of the camera and the person behind it. Only Linda's shots come close, but - for me - Astrid edges because she caught the beginning, whereas Linda was left with the end, the decay of the relationship of those four boys in front of her camera.

The site has some of my favourite photographs of them, and if I had the money...

There is this one, one of my favourite photographs of all time for the emotions captured...

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John and George in Stuart's attic studio days after his death. So rarely would John let us see him like this, and his friend stands at his shoulder not knowing quite what to do but wanting to be there for him. It strikes me how similar John looks to how he would in Bangor in August 1967 (I mean the expression, not the clothing).

I remember Astrid saying somewhere it was not a photograph she planned to take, not a visit she planned to photograph, but then John asked permission to sit on Stuart's stool, and George followed moments later to put a metaphorical hand on his shoulder, and Astrid decided there was something about the moment that she wanted to remember, and she remembered with a camera...

I also really, really like this one. Something about this fairground picture always gets me...

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She was also responsible for the shadowed faces of With The Beatles. Robert Freeman many have taken the photograph, but she had been framing it for years.

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And here, even though it only features an ex-Beatle, and a self-portrait, is one of the best examples.

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And then there is John in a Hamburg doorway...

God! I love Astrid...

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13 July 2013 - 9.41am

There is so much emotion contained in the photo of John and George in the attic. Very rarely do we get to see such a vulnerable side of John, normally the mask goes on and the brash side is put up but in such a safe environment there was no need to. And George being there for John, acting as some kind of guardian angel - you get to see how close they really were which, at times, can be forgotten in hindsight.

 

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Ive always found this picture to fascinate me. For a start they look amazing, oozing sex appeal and coolness personified. Then you have the core 3 of George, Paul and John in the middle with Stu and Pete on the outside - and for some reason Pete doesn't fit, doesn't give me a sense of being really part of it all. Paul standing between John and Stu - I could read a thousand things into this photo.

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13 July 2013 - 9.59am

mja6758 said

And then there is John in a Hamburg doorway...

Do you mean this one? That's Jurgen Vollmer. But I agree, Astrid's work is haunting and beautiful.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

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13 July 2013 - 10.58am

parlance said

mja6758 said

And then there is John in a Hamburg doorway...

Do you mean this one? That's Jurgen Vollmer. But I agree, Astrid's work is haunting and beautiful.

parlance

Yep! Sorry, I do know better... It was half-four in the morning and what little brain I have was fast fading... Apologies!

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20 August 2013 - 5.58pm

From the LA Times:

A collection of early photographs of the Beatles taken by Astrid Kirchherr will go on display in a West Hollywood gallery starting in September.

"The Early Beatles Collection," scheduled to run at the Leica Gallery from Sept. 7 to Oct. 19, will feature images Kirchherr took during the filming of "A Hard Day's Night" in 1964 for Stern Magazine, as well as some of the images she took of the musicians during their Hamburg, Germany, period in 1960.

Kirchherr is a German photographer who followed the Beatles during their formative years. She developed a relationship with bassist Stuart Sutcliffe -- the so-called fifth Beatle -- and was engaged to him until his death in 1962 at the age of 21.

Their relationship formed the basis of the 1994 movie "Backbeat," which was recently turned into a stage production that ran at the Ahmanson Theatre this year.

The West Hollywood exhibition is taking place in a gallery named for the German company Leica Camera, a renowned brand that has been around since the early 20th century. The gallery said that Kirchherr took many of the photos in the exhibition with a Leica.

 [x-posted at the news thread]

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

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20 August 2013 - 9.21pm

If I wasn't so damned responsible, I'd buy one of the signed prints of the group shot.  They start at $700 and go up from there...

E is for 'Ergent'.

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8 September 2013 - 4.51pm

If you have a chance, I highly recommend visiting the Leica Gallery exhibit in LA before it closes mid-October. I went to the opening last night, and there are about 35-40 photos on display. Half of them are from A Hard Day's Night. But they also have large prints of some of the Hamburg images, such as the one of George standing behind John. And the gallery itself is beautiful.

I took a few cell phone shots of two of my favorite pics and a quote from Astrid (sorry for the window glare, these were the best angles for lessening it):

 

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

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8 September 2013 - 5.39pm

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Amazing!!! heart  LOVE the photo's you shared.  Beautiful.  Wish I could go and see too.  Thank you, Parlance for sharing.  I can "live thru you" a little bit that way.  Appreciate that! heart

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8 September 2013 - 5.43pm

You're very welcome!  heart

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9 September 2013 - 8.51am

Yeah, thanks for sharing that with us, Parlance. Though that's made me want to go now... :(

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9 September 2013 - 3.08pm

Come to LA! I'll show you around. :-D

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

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10 September 2013 - 4.10pm

I'm getting on a plane tonight. It's alright to stop with you for a while, isn't it? :D

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10 September 2013 - 11.33pm

You'll have to make room for the cat. ;-D

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

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11 September 2013 - 10.44am

parlance said
You'll have to make room for the cat. ;-D

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That's okay, I like cats. :D

Seriously though, there seems to be so many things going on over there that I would love to see. :(

 

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13 October 2013 - 11.18am

I wanted to comment again on this photograph...

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...that I commented on further up the page (post 3).

I got some of my details about the photography of that afternoon wrong, having been reminded in detail of that afternoon after reading about it anew in Lewisohn after deciding to look at how he'd handled Stuart's death.

I won't comment in this thread on my view of how he does handle it - however, when I was commenting on this picture, I was looking for an Astrid quote when she gave her feeling about this picture. I couldn't find it. However, Lewisohn does quote her talking to him about it in 2006. She says something, more-or-less identical to the quote I was looking for. She describes John as looking like a "little lonely feller", and George, the youngest Beatle, "had so much such strength in his face, like he was saying to John, 'I'll look after you'."

It is not often you see anyone, let alone someone close to John, describing him as looking like a "little lonely feller"!

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