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Anon Request: Ringo Starr Photographed in the mirror

  • Photo 1. Ringo Starr and Robert Whitaker, backstage of Shea Stadium concert (1965) by Robert Whitaker.
  • Photo 2. Ringo Starr and Mal Evans in Japan (1966) by Rober Whitaker.
  • Photo 3. I´m not sure, but probably Miami (1964) by Robert Freeman.
  • Photo 4. Ringo Starr  in his room at the President Hotel, London, 2 July 1963 (1963) by Robert Freeman.
  • Photo 5. I have no clue.
  • Photo 6. Ringo Starr and George Harrison in The Bahamas during the filming of “Help!” (1965) by Henry Grossman.
  • Photo 7. Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey on holiday in the Caribbean (1964) by Ringo.
  • Photo 8. Ringo Starr Self portrait at the Tokyo Hilton, Japan (1966) by Ringo.

June 30, 1966

The Beatles arrived in Tokyo early in the morning on this day at the Haneda Airport. The band would perform five concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall in the following two days. On their first day there, The Beatles gave a press conference at the Tokyo Hilton, where they were staying. On the way down to the conference, the boys gave a small interview with E. H. Eric in the hallway of the hotel. The above photo is a screenshot of the interview which can be seen HERE. You can see the press conference HERE

George Harrison painting what would become the so-called “Images of a Woman,” a joint painting between all four of The Beatles, compiled during their stay at the Tokyo Hilton, 30 June - 1 July 1966.

Photo © Robert Whitaker/Getty Images

“Back at the hotel between concerts I think it was sheer boredom that prompted The Beatles to start painting. John, or possibly Paul, asked Tats [concert promoter Tatsuji ‘Tats’ Nagashima] to supply them with paint and some beautiful Japanese paper. Over the course of two nights The Beatles collaborated on their only joint venture that didn’t involve music. They played the paper on a small table and put a lamp in the middle. Each of them took a corner of the paper and started painting towards the light. John and Paul used heavy acrylics, while Ringo - and I think George - used watercolours. They never discussed what they were painting. The end result, and how it all joined up, evolved naturally.

I used my new camera and lens to photograph their progress, illuminated only by the lamp’s 60 watt bulb. An acetate of the new Beatles album had recently arrived from London and we listened to it over and over again while they were painting. They decided to name the album Revolver, and it playec continuously in the background while they debated the running order of the songs and wondered if there was anything they could have done differently. I felt privileged to be among the first to hear this incredible music in the company of the guys who created it.” - Robert Whitaker, Eight Days A Week: Inside The Beatles’ Final World Tour by Robert Whitaker with Marcus Hearn