In 1964, David Hurn was asked by a friend – Dick Lester – who was about to direct the first Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night, to photograph the film, not for press, but more from a sociological point of view. Over roughly seven weeks in 1964, Hurn witnessed the complete chaos that surrounded the Beatles, then at the apex of their fame.

“The Beatles couldn’t go anywhere. A couple of times they were in my car and the police would have to just wave us through a red light because they knew if the car stopped it’d be totally mobbed,” says Hurn. “The effect it has on four young guys must have been enormous, and it must raise all sorts of things that none of us know about.”

The Beatles in EMI Studios, later renamed Abbey Road Studios, where many of their most famous records were made, examining the script of the film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. 1964.

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