The Beatles: Revolutionary 1965
by Michael Peto
August 25 - October 2, 2011
Proud Camden, NW1
Proud Camden presents The Beatles: Revolutionary 1965 by Michael Peto, an intimate photographic portrait of The Beatles taken during one of the most significant years in The Beatles’ history, 1965, including rare and unseen shots.
We have FIVE pairs of tickets to give away for the Special Preview for this wonderful exhibition on Wednesday August 24.
To enter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon on Friday August 19, with the answer to these questions:
Q1: To whom did the Beatles dedicate the film "Help!"?
Q2: To which university did Michael Peto's family donate his archive of 130,000 prints and negatives?
Please make sure that you include your name and address in the email, and that the email is headed "Competition: Proud Galleries"
The first five correct entries drawn at random after the closing date will each win a pair of tickets to attend the preview event on Wednesday August 24. The competition is not open to BBFC Committee Members, and the BBFC decision is final
Good luck everyone!
When Michael Peto died in 1970, just a few years after these photographs were taken; his family donated his archive of 130,000 prints and negatives to the University of Dundee which included more than 500 previously unseen pictures of The Beatles. Peto spent a year photographing the group at a pivotal moment in their career, building up a close working relationship with them which is clearly shown in these intimate portraits.
In 1965 The Beatles filmed Help!, toured the UK for the last time and reinvented themselves to try and put an end to the mass hysteria of ‘Beatlemania’. After recording Help!¸ they were keen to move away from their formulaic, yet highly successful previous style and become more experimental. By scaling back their gruelling touring schedule, they were able to commit to spending more time writing music that was personal and reflected their own lives. Late that year, they recorded the groundbreaking album, Rubber Soul, which saw a change of direction for the Beatles and paved the way for later albums such as Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
This exhibition is a testament to Peto’s unobtrusive humanist approach to photography and includes rare and unseen images from this period of great change for the band; including the day when news broke that the band would receive an MBE and in the studio recording Rubber Soul. Proud Galleries is pleased to present The Beatles: Revolutionary 1965; portraits of the band at work and at rest over the course of that life-changing year, a must-see for any Beatles fan.
Fellow photographer, Colin Jones, Peto’s protégée at the Observer, says: “He took great portraits... because he was always very polite, very gentle and he would flatter people. He also knew when to leave, which is a skill many photographers don't have.”
The exhibition runs from August 25 to October 2 at Proud Camden
The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road,
Camden Town, London, NW1 8AH
The gallery is open every day from 11am to 5pm, and admission is FREE!
For more information click here
All images © University ofDundee