|Mystery: When where and who?|
One of our readers, Stephane Fremon from France pointed us in the direction of a collector's card from 1998 with the photo, and the back says that it was taken by Dezo Hoffmann.
This gave me a clue, so I leafed through my copy of Hoffmann's book "With The Beatles". There, beside a small black and white reproduction of the photo, Hoffmann remembered having taken it immediately after they had heard the news about "I Want To Hold Your Hand" hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. So I guess these photos were taken some time between having the pillow fight (Benson) and Eppy wearing the chamber pot on his head. But then we heard from another reader...
|Dezo Hoffmann's photo book from 1982|
These photos were taken in Paris in 1964 by David Steen (see his book "Heroes and Villains" on Genesis Publications). The band was appearing at the Paris Olympia during three weeks and they were staying at the George V hotel. Prior to their future visit to the US, David was asked to take promo shots and borrowed the flag from the American embassy in Paris; The flag was then Army escorted from the embassy to the hotel for the session. Unfortunately, David later lost the copyright. So how come Dezo thought that he had taken the photos?
|David Steen's photo book from 2005 even has the famous image on it's cover|
|From David Steen's book|
|Allposters are selling this art print of an alternate photo.|