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    Iain Macmillan (Scottish, 1938-2006)
    The Beatles, Abbey Road (two rare alternate cover photograph outtakes), 1969
    Dye coupler, printed 1990s
    17 x 16-7/8 inches (43.2 x 42.9 cm)
    Each signed and editioned '10/25' in ink in margin recto.

    Now part of Beatles folklore, Paul McCartney had drawn out his idea for the Abbey Road album cover while The Beatles were still recording the songs that would eventually appear on the LP. From these sketches, Paul left artistic license up to his friend, the photographer Iain Macmillan, to transform his vision into a photographic image.

    On August 8, 1969, The Beatles arrived at Abbey Road Studios for the crosswalk photo-shoot that would soon take place just outside the building. At approximately 11:30 am on this sunny day, a willing London policeman was asked to hold up and direct traffic on the busy Abbey Road. Iain Macmillan then positioned a step-ladder in the middle of the road, just feet away from the pedestrian crossing, hastily climbed the ladder, quickly steadied himself, and prepared to take the photographs. As The Beatles crossed Abbey Road several times, Iain Macmillan was able to snap six quick shots within a 10-minute timeframe. Once the outdoor session was completed, The Beatles entered Abbey Road Studios to record the finishing touches on the songs "Oh! Darling", "I Want You", and ironically, "The End". The Abbey Road album was finally completed and released worldwide to the public on September 26, 1969, marking the end of their recording career together as "The Beatles".

    Over the years, Iain Macmillen personally issued only a handful of hand-signed and numbered limited edition prints of his images taken that day at Abbey Road with The Beatles, before his untimely death in 2006. These unused alternative images from the Abbey Road cover shoot are extremely rare.

    PROVENANCE:
    One acquired from Snap Gallery, London and the other from Fine Art Photography, London.


    Condition Report*:   Framed Dimensions 28.625 X 26.628 Inches
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    October, 2017
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