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Tom Murray's The Beatles Collection, The Mad Day: Summer of '68 Now at Soho Contemporary Art ...

Monday, May 07, 2018

July 28, 1968 was one of those perfect English summer dayswhen British photographer, Tom Murray, photographed the famed rock and roll group. The shoot was done on the run (literally) all over London in order to escape the hordes of screaming Beatles fans that followed them everywhere. Rushing from location to location inspired the name of the famous collection: The Mad Day: Summer of '68.These images would become the LAST publicity shoot of all four Beatles together- and represent the quintessential Beatles at the height of their psychedelic period and are considered the most important color photographs of the group. The Beatles officially disbanded in 1970.

After Tom created the photographs, he edited them to twenty-three slides on the advice of renowned photographer and friend, Eve Arnold who said, "keep the best, ditch the rest." And in his desk, the negatives stayed for 23 years. In 1986, Tom found the original slides of the Mad Day when he moved to LA to work with famed director, John Schlesinger. Tom did not publish the full series of photographs until he met gallerists Rick and Irene Rounick. The photographs, available in a 20 X 24 format size, are hand-signed and numbered from a limited-edition series of 185. They are also available in a 30 X 40 format size, hand-signed and numbered from a limited-edition series of only 50.

Source: broadwayworld.com

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