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The Story of the Abbey Road Crossing

abbey_road_dayThe Story of the Abbey Road Crossing


Settings: Abbey Road, 8 august 1969

Leading Actors: John , Ringo, Paul and George. Freelance photographer Iain Macmillan, friend to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. To shoot he used a Hasselblad camera with a 50mm wide-angle lens, aperture f22, at 1/500 seconds.

Plot: Abbey Road is Beatles’s best selling album. And more than that.The fifth shot that Iain Macmillan took on August 8 1969  in front of EMI Studios became the most imitated image in pop history. At around 11:30 that morning, Macmillan was given only ten minutes to take the photo whilst he stood on a step-ladder and a policeman held up the traffic. The Beatles crossed the road a number of times while Macmillan photographed them. It was McCartney who gave him a sketch a couple of days before the shoot showing where and what the picture should look like. Macmillan took six photos and McCartney, after studying the transparencies, chose the fifth one for the album cover. It was the only one when all four Beatles were walking in time. It also satisfied The Beatles’ desire for the world to see them walking away from the studios they had spent so much of the last seven years inside. The other existing photos were taken by Linda McCartney while the guys waited outside the studios right before and after the photo shoot.

Linda McCartney ‘s photos

Source: The Beatles Bible

Heritage photos of the Beatles on 1stdibs

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