Uncropped photo from February 1967. Photo: Jean-Marie Perier
Just before Easter, Snap Galleries advertised a series of three Beatles photos taken by renowned French photographer Jean-Marie Perier in February 1967. In an accompanying interview, Perier talks about meeting The Beatles for the first time in Brian Epstein's office in 1963, and how he subsequently took the iconic "lighting cigarettes" photo. The Beatles met Perier several times, in London as well as in Paris, and in February 1967 he was invited to take their photo for the upcoming "Penny Lane" / "Strawberry Fields Forever" single release (see 2017 re-release info here). Perier had to set up a makeshift photographic studio in a room next to their recording studio inside EMI studios at Abbey Road, while the Beatles were in the midst of recording Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It took a week before he was able to take photos of the four of them together - they always seemed to be a Beatle short!