48 years ago The Beatles took one of the most iconic photos in the world

music news 08/08/2017

On the morning of Friday 8 August 1969, all four Beatles gathered for one of the most famous photo shoots of their career.

A photographer named, Iain Macmillan took the famous photo for their last recorded album, Abbey Road.

Iain Macmillan was a freelance photographer and a friend to John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Prior to the shoot, Paul McCartney had sketched his ideas for the cover, to which Macmillan added a more detailed illustration.

A policeman held up the traffic as Macmillan stood on a stepladder in the middle of the road and took six shots as the group walked across the zebra crossing just outside the studio.

The Beatles crossed the road a number of times while Macmillan photographed them. 8 August was a hot day in north London, and for four of the six photographs McCartney walked barefoot.

After the shoot, McCartney studied the photos and chose the fifth one for the album cover. It was the only one when all four Beatles were walking in time.

It also satisfied The Beatles' desire for the world to see them walking away from the studios they had spent so much of the last seven years inside.

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