Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Stolen: Archive of Beatles photographer Robert Freeman goes missing

An uncropped version of Robert Freeman's Rubber Soul cover photograph

Very sad news: The archives of Robert Freeman, who took the cover photos for every Beatles album from With the Beatles through Rubber Soul, is believed stolen.

According to the art site, Apollo:

When the photographer Robert Freeman died in November last year, at the age of 82, he left behind a substantial, albeit disorderly, archive. But within weeks, his life’s work had gone missing – stolen from the sheltered accommodation in south-west London where he spent his final years. ‘Bob kept everything,’ recalls Monica Godwin, executor of the Freeman estate. ‘He was such an artist that he didn’t want to let go of any of his babies.’ His fastidiousness did not, however, extend to keeping his records in manageable order. His archive was housed in a haphazard arrangement of boxes that filled an entire room of his home; the closest thing to a catalogue was stored on a CD-ROM, which has disappeared along with the rest of the collection. 
The archive stretched back to Freeman’s work in the early 1960s for the Sunday Times, where he made his name shooting portraits – from Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev to jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane.
The Freeman estate can be contacted with any information regarding the whereabouts of the archive at robertfreemanarchive@gmail.com.

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