Friday, July 10, 2020

Beatles photographer Fiona Adams dies at 84

Photographer Fiona Adams, who took the much-seen "jumping shots" that appeared on the Beatles' UK Twist and Shout EP in 1963, has died at age 84, The Guardian reports.

Terence Pepper, the curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s photographic collection, would describe [the jumping image} as “one of the defining images of 20th-century culture." 
It records a moment during a visit that four young men in dark suits and fancy footwear made to one of London’s surviving wartime bombsites.  
...“I didn’t even think to check whether it was safe or not,” the photographer told her friend Lynne Ashton, who recorded her vivid memories of the sharp end of swinging London. “I struggled down into the crater with my heavy camera case. There was a pile of fallen bricks and detritus at the bottom. The boys did their bit and stood patiently – beautifully silhouetted against the sky and the buildings. I set up my camera and shouted: “One, two, three – jump!” And they jumped – twice. Cuban heels and all.”
Adams photographed numerous other Sixties stars, including Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.

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