Some never before seen Astrid Kirchherr photographs of the early Beatles will be exhibited at the Mathew Street Gallery in Liverpool beginning on July 12. Ms. Kirchherr, now 63-years old, was the German photographer who befriended The Beatles during their 1960 Hamburg period and became the girlfriend of Sir Paul's predecessor on the bass, Stuart Sutcliffe. Her photographs form the definitive portrait of The Beatles' early career. The exhibit will also feature her photos of the 1964 filming of A Hard Day's Night as well as some of her shots of an early Beatles performance at the Cavern Club. Interviewed in Germany yesterday, Ms. Kirchherr stated that these pictures were her life and that she looked forward to the opportunity to reminisce about them: "I took them because I thought The Beatles were so special and I loved them." And as she was taking the photographs, did she ever imagine the band would become so famous? "Oh, no," she replied with a laugh.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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