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Today in History (1969): Iain MacMillan shoots the Abbey Road album cover photo

One hot Friday morning on August 8, 1969, the Fab Four walked like ordinary pedestrians to create the ubiquitous album cover photo that would be mimicked and parodied for generations to come.

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If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few decades, then you should be familiar with this photo. It shows the Beatles passing through a zebra crossing, in single file, with John Lennon in an all-white ensemble leading, followed by Starr, McCartney and Harrison. It was taken outside EMI Studios along Abbey Road in London. The title of the album? You guessed it right: Abbey Road.

Iain MacMillan, a freelance photographer and friend of John and Yoko, was given only 10 minutes to capture the image. He stood on a step-ladder while a policeman suspended the traffic. The iconic image was taken using a Hasselblad camera with a 50mm wide-angle lens, set at an aperture of f22, and shutter speed of 1/500 seconds.

Information for this article was sourced from Wikipedia and The Beatles Bible.

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written by jillytanrad

1 comment

  1. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    They also stopped by the policeman when did a concert at the rooftop of Twickenham. Is that not enough bad for those who always cathegorized this band as a boyband?

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