Photographer Robert Freeman, who helped shape the Beatles image with some of the band's best-known album covers, died at age 82.
A statement on the Beatles official website announced Freeman's death on Friday, but did not give a cause.
– Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) November 8, 2019
Born in 1936, Freeman began his career as a photojournalist at the London Sunday Times and captured portraits of leading jazz musicians before working with the Beatles. He recorded the black-and-white cover of the 1963 album With The Beatles, picturing Fab Four's faces in shadow. It became a defining image of the group and was used on the 1964 US album Meet The Beatles!
In an online tribute, Paul McCartney said, "People often think that the Meet The Beatles cover photo of our half-shadowed brows was a carefully arranged studio photo."
"In fact, it was quickly captured by Robert in the corridor of a hotel where we were staying, where natural light came from the windows at the end of the corridor," McCartney wrote.
McCartney said Freeman "was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years, who featured some of our most iconic album covers."
He called him "imaginative and a true original thinker."
Freeman went on to photograph the Beatles For Sale, Help! – with its image of band members holding traffic light flags – and Rubber Soul. On this 1965 album, Freeman subtly stretched the Beatles' face, subtly suggesting the psychedelic experiments to come.
Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless Robert Freeman peace and love to all his family."
God bless Robert Freeman peace and love for your whole family –✌️ – ❤️ —- ☮️
– #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) November 8, 2019