28 july 1968

Stephen Shames
Kathleen Cleaver, communications secretary and the first female member of the Party’s
decision-making Central Committee, talks with Black Panthers from Los Angeles, in West - Stephen Shames
Oakland, California, USA, July 28, 1968
Gelatin silver print, printed 2016

George Harrison, St. Katherine’s Dock, London, “Mad Day Out,” 28 July 1968 - photographed by Tom Murray

“I knew this was going to be a fabulous picture when I took it. It just captures George perfectly. He really was the quiet one. He didn’t chit-chat, and spent the whole day looking pensive. We’re down by the Thames here and the light reflecting off the water was lovely. It’s what we call a Kodak cloudy bright day. The sun was just peeking through the clouds. There’s a slight but distinctive tint to the photos because they were shot on Kodak Ektachrome.” - Tom Murray

“George, for me, stood out. […] The amazing thing about George is there seemed to be this aura around him that was very unusual. He was an incredibly peaceful individual; almost spiritual in a way you don’t often see.” - Tom Murray, The Beatles Tom Murray’s Mad Day Out by Tom Murray, Paul Skellett & Simon Weitzman

George Harrison, Mad Day Out, 28 July 1968. Photo presumably either by Don McCullin, Stephen Goldblatt or Tom Murray.

“Everybody lives their lives thinking this is reality and then say to people like us, ‘Oh, you’re just escaping from reality.’ They seriously term this scene - of waking up, going out to work, going home again, going to sleep, dreaming, waking up again, and all that - reality! But in actual fact you’re into illusion - it’s nothing to do with reality, because reality is God alone. Everything else is just an illusion.” - George Harrison, Rolling Stone, 1968 [x]