The Beatles: Revolutionary 1965 by Michael Peto
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.
When Michael Peto died in 1970, just a few years after these photographs were taken; his family donated his archive of 130,000 prints and negatives to the University of Dundee which included more than 500 previously unseen pictures of The Beatles. Peto spent a year photographing the group at a pivotal moment in their career, building up a close working relationship with them which is clearly shown in these intimate portraits.
In 1965 The Beatles filmed Help!, toured the UK for the last time and reinvented themselves to try and put an end to the mass hysteria of ‘Beatlemania’. After recording Help!¸ they were keen to move away from their formulaic, yet highly successful previous style and become more experimental. By scaling back their gruelling touring schedule, they were able to commit to spending more time writing music that was personal and reflected their own lives. Late that year, they recorded the groundbreaking album, Rubber Soul, which saw a change of direction for the Beatles and paved the way for later albums such as Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
This exhibition is a testament to Peto’s unobtrusive humanist approach to photography and includes rare and unseen images from this period of great change for the band; including the day when news broke that the band would receive an MBE and in the studio recording Rubber Soul. Proud Galleries is pleased to present The Beatles: Revolutionary 1965; portraits of the band at work and at rest over the course of that life-changing year, a must-see for any Beatles fan.
Fellow photographer, Colin Jones, Peto’s protégée at the Observer, says: “He took great portraits... because he was always very polite, very gentle and he would flatter people. He also knew when to leave, which is a skill many photographers don't have.”
The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Running: 25th August – 16th October 2011
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