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The Beatles (Pete Best; George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Stuart Sutcliffe)

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The Beatles (Pete Best; George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Stuart Sutcliffe), by Astrid Kirchherr, 1960 - NPG P1690 - © Astrid Kirchherr / Getty Images

© Astrid Kirchherr / Getty Images

The Beatles (Pete Best; George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Stuart Sutcliffe)

by Astrid Kirchherr
gelatin silver print, 1960
7 1/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (180 mm x 238 mm)
Purchased, 2012
Primary Collection
NPG P1690


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Taken at the Hamburger Dom fairground, this Astrid Kirchherr photograph shows the Beatles' original line-up, including bass player Stuart Sutcliffe and drummer Pete Best. Shot with no particular purpose in mind, it would become the much-seen, classic image of the Beatles in their formative period, two years before they made their first record. Astrid remained in Hamburg but was sent to England in spring 1964 by the German magazine Stern, to photograph the Beatles during the making of their first film, A Hard Day's Night.