Tom Murray's Mad Day OutTom Murray
On the 28th of July, 1968, Royal photographer, Tom Murray, LBIPP was asked by a fellow photographer to give him a lift to an early morning photoshoot in London. He said, ‘bring your camera you may get some nice snaps!’ Armed with just two rolls of colour film he had no idea who he was going to be working with that day.
As 25 year old Tom walked towards the door at the rehearsal rooms he could hear Lady Madonna playing out on the piano and as he entered the studio there they were; Paul at the piano, John with Yoko, George and Ringo, all waiting to hit the road for a frantic day of publicity shots. Rushing around London with a few other photographers on a summer’s Sunday morning, Tom, the youngest present, created some of the most iconic colour photographs ever taken of the band.
“It was a perfect assignment and a day to remember. Getting to hang out with my favourite band, to take pictures of the Fab Four was just sensational. Were they really mad? Well, you know what pop stars are like. They’re always running around doing crazy things. That’s what makes them so interesting.” – Tom Murray.
The day after the shoot, The Beatles recorded Hey Jude. Tom’s two rolls of film were processed and printed. He selected 23 images that he considered told the story. Incredibly, they were then stored away for almost thirty years.
In 1998 Tom Murray held an exhibition of the 23 surviving photographs of The Beatles. The photographs were viewed in public for the first time ever, since they were taken. Now, after many decades, Tom agreed to present what many consider to be the very best colour photographs of The Beatles in a unique, special edition book.
This is the first ever book chronicling the photographs and the stories behind each one on ‘that mad day’. This is a direct to fan only edition (GOLD), is presented in a slipcase and consists of 120 pages, with every copy of the edition personally signed and numbered by Tom. It is a great honour to be working with such a celebrated photographer, who has also made beautiful photographs for The Royal Family, Elizabeth Taylor, John Huston, and Sir Dirk Bogarde, to name but a few.