August 08, 2009

40th Anniversary of the Abbey Road Cover Photo Shoot

Today is the 40th anniversary of the shooting of one of the most famous and most imitated photos in rock 'n' roll history. Around 11:30 am on August 8, 1969, the Beatles and Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan had just 10 minutes to capture an image that would be used for the Abbey Road album cover. The image is of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking, in single file, across Abbey Road's zebra crossing. Macmillan had to stand on a stepladder in the middle of the road to get a suitable angle on the scene. In some of the earlier shots, McCartney is wearing sandals. By the time the famous photo used for the cover was taken, he was barefoot.

In this outtake from the photo session, notice that Paul still has his sandals on. [Click the images for a larger view]


andy said...

porfa una entrada de BEATLES ROCK BAND!!!!!!!!!!!

lennon said...

hello. i just wonder how many pictures did they take altogether during the photo session ... i mean you posted 2 pix in your blog, but are there any other photos which didnt make it to the album cover ? where can i find it ?

BeatlesLane said...

Hello. Yes, there were more photos taken. You can find some, for example, by searching for "beatles abbey road outtakes", like here:

Yer Blues said...

great album!! great band!! great blog!!