Remembering Astrid Kirchherr, the Photographer Who Helped Create the Beatles' Iconic Mop Top ...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Earlier this month, the world lost Astrid Kirchherr, the German photographer and artist who helped put the Beatles on the map in the early 1960s with her distinctive black-and-white photographs. According to Beatles historian and biographer Mark Lewisohn, Kirchher, a protégée of the great photographer Reinhart Wolf, took “the definitive image of the group before they attained fame” when she lensed the Beatles—who at the time were made up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe—at a fairground in Hamburg, Germany, in 1960. But while Kirchherr is best known for immortalizing the the Fab Four, she also had a hand in cultivating their iconic image—their famous mop tops in particular.

“All my friends in art school used to run around with this sort of, what [you’d now] call Beatles haircut,” Kirchherr told the BBC in 1995. “And my [first] boyfriend, Klaus Voormann, had this hairstyle, and Stuart liked it very, very much. He was the first one who really got the nerve to get the Brylcreem out of his hair and [ask] me to cut his hair for him.”



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