The British photographer Robert Whitaker (1939-2011) achieved great acclaim photographing the pop scene in London in the 1960s. In later years he was active as a war photographer in Vietnam and Cambodja. But his name is inextricably linked with the most famous pop group ever: The Beatles.
Whitaker met The Beatles in Australia in 1964. For more than two years he made thousands of photographs of them: on stage but mostly off stage, in the studio or in private settings. Whitaker loved to experiment. The Beatles were ideal models who responded relaxed and with humour to his creative ideas.
This unique artistic chemistry between photographer and the band led to famous and also infamous photos such as the one showing The Beatles with bloody pieces of meat and deconstructed dolls. The photo should have been the cover for “Yesterday and Today” but was withdrawn as being too controversial.
The exhibition in Museum Rijswijk shows only vintage prints by Whitaker that have not been previously shown in The Netherlands. Some of the frames also date from the sixties.
This exhibition is a homage to a great photographer and to the one of the greatest pop group ever.
The museum is closed on Mondays.