Beatles to Bowie
The Yarbirds

The Yardbirds, Ormond Yard, London
by Gered Mankowitz, 1966
Private Collection
© Bowstir Ltd 2009/

The Who

The Who in Fabulous 208
22 January 1966
Fleetway Publications
Private Collection
© IPC+ Syndication


Some of the best photography from the 1960s was commissioned by the new colour supplements produced by Sunday newspapers. In 1966, Colin Jones, a staff photographer on the Observer, produced a colour photo-essay on The Who with a borrowed Union Jack flag for the background, which became one of the defining pop shoots.

Fashion and portrait photographer Cecil Beaton took colour and black-and-white images of The Walker Brothers, the American trio who found fame in Britain. Gered Mankowitz constructed a study of The Spencer Davies Group, lit from below by candlelight, but took The Yardbirds out of his studio to the nearby Ormond Yard to create a graphic image comprised of a low-angle, with cross-legged triangles.

One of the great press pop photographs of the period was taken by photographer Douglas Eatwell, who was covering Bob Dylan's press conference in London during his British tour. The official tour photographer, Barry Feinstein, who had created the famous cover portrait for Dylan's album The Times They Are A-Changin', captured Dylan trying on designer shoes in a Carnaby Street shop whose walls were decked out with pop photography.