Bob Whitaker photographed The Beatles over a key two year period, from 1964 to 66. His photograph of The Beatles with dismembered dolls and raw meat was used on the infamous US 'Yesterday and Today' Butcher sleeve.
Robert Whitaker is a renowned British photographer. He is best known internationally for his many photographs of The Beatles, taken between 1964 and 1966, and for his photographs of the rock group Cream.
He began his photographic career in London in the late 1950s but moved to Melbourne in 1961, where he began studying at the University of Melbourne and became part of the small but flourishing Melbourne arts scene. Whitaker ran a freelance photography studio in Melbourne when he had his fateful meeting with The Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein, during their 1964 tour which led to his first shots of the Beatles.
When Bob returned to England in 1964, he set to work photographing the members of the NEMS stable including Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Seekers. However, it was with The Beatles that Whitaker created his most famous and enduring work. One of his first assignments was photographing The Beatles during their triumphant second American tour, including the historic Shea Stadium concert in New York. He spent the next two years travelling with the Beatles and shooting them on their tours, at home, in the recording studio, during private moments, and in formal photo-sessions. His photos from this period include the portraits that were used to form the Klaus Voorman collage-illustration on the cover of the group's landmark 1966 LP Revolver, and a series of group portraits taken while the group was making promotional films for the singles "Rain" and "Paperback Writer" in Chiswick Park, London in 1966, including the famous "Way Out" portrait of George Harrison. Whitaker quickly became a key figure of the London underground scene.