It was 50 years ago today: Shooting the Sgt Pepper album cover
Just a quick post to honour the fiftieth anniversary of the photo session for the “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover. Peter Blake and his then wife Jann Haworth conceived the idea, and assembled the various elements with assistance from a number of people. Michael Cooper is credited as the photographer, but it was mainly his assistant Nigel Hartnup who operated the camera, including the one that made it to the cover, while Cooper merely directed the shoots.
Here are some useful links re the cover photo session:
- TheBeatles.com (some black and whites from the day + two outtake front cover photos)
- Sgt Pepper photos
- Beatlesource.com (a large collection of outtakes, note that the ones where The Beatles are holding guitars are fakes)
- The Beatles Bible
The Daily Beatle-articles about Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from the archives: