Places I Remember: The Beatles as you’ve never seen them before…

March 15, 2013 7:35 pm

Exclusive interview with photographer Henry Grossman

 By Gabrielle Pantera

 “There are so many stories behind the pictures,” says My Time With the Beatles photographer Henry Grossman.

1967-Beatles-in-Ringo's-Yar“This new book is the best of my many Beatles photographs. I’m happy to share some of my favorite work and thoughts on those scenes. These are souvenirs of places I remember and some very memorable friends.”

“Even though The Beatles had lots of photographs taken of them, occasionally one of the photographers would be out of the ordinary,” says former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney who wrote the book’s introduction. “Henry Grossman was one such photographer.”

“These had been lying dormant for maybe 40 years because after Life magazine sent back the negatives and slides, I put them in my archives,” says Grossman. “I was a busy working photographer so I had other assignments to work on.”

In 1964, at 27 years old, Grossman was hired to shoot the Beatles’ first U.S. television debut at what is now their most iconic and famous performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1965 he traveled with the band to The Bahamas and Austria during the production of Help! Over the next three years, Grossman photographed private moments at home, parties and recording sessions. Grossman shot over 6,500 photographs of them, almost all of the photos unseen and unpublished until now. My Time With the Beatles is a compilation of 1,000 photos of the Fab Four shot between 1964 and 1968.

The book weighs 13 pounds and is 528 pages. Images are both color and B&W. The photographs are presented in chronological order, and Grossman gives details as to the photos and the situation for the photo that was taken.

Grossman’s editors are Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan at Curvebender Publishing. “I met Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan when they came to me in New York looking for a picture to include in their book called Recording the Beatles,” says Grossman. “I brought out a slew of contact sheets and when they saw how many there were they flipped. Brian and Kevin told me I had the largest number of unseen Beatle pictures ever. They chose a picture of the Beatles recording at Abbey Road. That book is now a standard in the recording industry with its deep research into the technical aspects of machinery, tape, engineers and so on.”

“Any one of these unpublished sessions turning up would normally be a great find,” says editor Kevin Ryan. “It was even more incredible that this many wonderful photos had gone unseen. This is not just another book of Beatles photos. This is among the most significant collection of Beatles images in existence, both artistically and historically.”

Henry Grossman was born in New York City to renowned etcher Elias Grossman who had been commissioned to do portraits of Gandhi, Einstein, Mussolini, Paul Robeson and others. After attending Brandeis he studied acting with Lee Strasberg where his classmates included Dustin Hoffman and Elliot Gould. In addition to being a photographer, Grossman performed at the Metropolitan Opera as a principal tenor and on Broadway for a run of more than 1,000 performances in Grand Hotel.

My Time With the Beatles is limited to 1,200 numbered copies and costs $495. Books one to 250 are signed by Henry Grossman and are $795. The book is housed in a clamshell box. Available at Prints available at Grossman’s website is

Comments are closed

More to Read...

  • BritWeek 2014 BritWeek 2014 kicks off in style

    BritWeek 2014 kicks off in style

    THE EIGHTH Annual BritWeek festival kicked off in fine California style Tuesday night with a glittering launch party at the residence of the British consul-general in Hancock Park. Stars including Seal, Jason Isaacs, Michael Sheen, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, Dani Behr, Michael York, Mickey Dolenz,  director and socialite Amanda Eliasch and Super Nanny’s Jo Frost were on hand on a glorious spring evening for the Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed party, sponsored by BBC Worldwide, Boots, Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows and […]

    Read more →
  • Latest E-dition Sat. April 19th e-dition

    Sat. April 19th e-dition


    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 Paul Oakenfold honored at UKTI bash in Beverly Hills

    Paul Oakenfold honored at UKTI bash in Beverly Hills

    On April 23rd at 6.30pm the UKTI Business innovation awards will honor recipient Paul Oakenfold, the internationally acclaimed, globe-trotting DJ recorder producer and remixer, with a Creative Fusion Award at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, at 300 South Doheny Drive. The 5th Annual Business Innovation Awards, presented by Virgin Atlantic, celebrates outstanding achievement and innovation in Technology, Social Impact, Product Design and Business Services, and Oakenfold certainly qualifies. From his early years as a DJ in a Covent Garden Wine Bar in […]

    Read more →
  • Local News Academy Award winner Sandy Powell to speak at the Getty

    Academy Award winner Sandy Powell to speak at the Getty

    Academy Award-winning British costume designer Sandy Powell OBE will be visiting the Getty Center on April 27th to discuss photography, Victorian fashion, and costume concepts from her films, including The Young Victoria (2010). Powell will be joined in conversation with Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis, director of the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA. They will discuss the role of photographs and other visual sources in costume design, with particular reference to A Royal Passion: Queen […]

    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 Brit-Weekend at the Channel Islands Harbor

    Brit-Weekend at the Channel Islands Harbor

    BRITWEEK events are not limited to just Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The growing British presence a little to the north can also get in on the act with a “BritWeekend” scheduled next weekend (April 26-27th, from 11am-5pm) in the Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura County. The event, which is free and open to the public, will highlight British culture, art, music, high tea, swordplay and Shakespeare, classic cars and motorcycles, soccer, food and an Open Air Pub Garden. The […]

    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 Shakespeare at the New Roads School

    Shakespeare at the New Roads School

    A VARIED cast of gifted performers will present An Evening of Shakespeare on Friday, April 25th at 7:30pm at the Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, General and VIP tickets are  now on sale HERE. Nineteen leading actors will perform sonnets, readings and songs to celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday, and the evening is hosted by the performers Ioan Gruffudd (pictured) and Joely Fisher. The actors scheduled to perform are Ashley Bell, Eric Braeden, Claudia Christian, Nigel Daly, Neil Dickson, Mira Furlan, Judy Geeson, Michele […]

    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 British sculptor Sarah Danays showcased at Bergamot Station

    British sculptor Sarah Danays showcased at Bergamot Station

    The Robert Berman Gallery will present British sculptor and photographer Sarah Danays in conjunction with BritWeek and Month of Photography Los Angeles now through May 3rd at the Robert Berman Gallery, Project Room, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica. Open To The Public. Danays work pays homage to centuries of anonymous sculptors, and aims to transcend time, scale, cultural and religious barriers. She meticulously photographs her sculptural work, which combine marble and alabaster hand-tooled pieces with sacred and […]

    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 Newport Beach Film Fest showcases three new British films

    Newport Beach Film Fest showcases three new British films

    The 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will dedicate an evening to celebrating British cinema, automobiles, and fashion as part of its upcoming UK Spotlight. The event will feature the West Coast Premieres of three new UK films, Belle, God Help the Girl and Jadoo and a gala reception hosted by BritWeek – OC and Ted Baker London at Jaguar/Land Rover Newport Beach. Belle, directed by Amma Asante, is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), […]

    Read more →

You need to log in to vote

The blog owner requires users to be logged in to be able to vote for this post.

Alternatively, if you do not have an account yet you can create one here.

Powered by Vote It Up