Norman Parkinson Archive

Noman Parkinson with The Beatles

Saturday 30 April 2016, Published by the Norman Parkinson Archive and Rufus Stone Limited Editions


Noman Parkinson with The Beatles

Sir George Martin (3 January 1926 – 8 March 2016) features in the forthcoming book, Noman Parkinson with The Beatles

The Norman Parkinson Archive is delighted to announce the publication of a very special limited edition book of photographs of the Beatles. The book published in collaboration with Rufus Stone Limited Editions brings together for the first time over 500 rarely seen and previously unpublished photographs of the Beatles by Norman Parkinson. At the time of this shoot Parkinson, was Britain’s most important fashion photographer and was Associate Editor of Queen magazine; the Beatles were fast on their way to establishing themselves as the world’s greatest pop band.

The images include a group of unpublished photographs showing the Beatles recording their second album inside the Abbey Road Studios in September 1963 as well as images take earlier in the day at the President Hotel in Russell Square.

This album, engineered by Norman Smith and produced by George Martin was eventually recorded in just 28 hours over a six-day period on twin track tapes.  The photographs featured in the book have been reproduced and carefully restored from the original negatives kept safely in the Parkinson Archive. A small selection of these images were originally published in 1964 in a small magazine aimed at the American market in anticipation of Beatlemania. Seen for the first time in nearly half a century, the negatives have been cleaned and scanned to reveal many hours of singing, playing and smoking.  The images have been carefully arranged to match the songs being recorded and a narrative has been written by Mojo Magazines Pat Gilbert.

Available in two very limited editions, including a numbered leather bound slipcase edition, personally signed by Norman Parkinson’s son Simon, who was also working on the shoot at Abbey Road that day. The leather edition will ship with an exclusive official Norman Parkinson Archive silver gelatin print produced especially for this project.

The book will be released in Spring 2016 and a sign up page has been created at The book will go pre-sale in November 2015 at a special discounted price.