Marion, Albert

If Albert Marion had not photographed the wedding of Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein’s, brother, he never would have landed the historical gig that finds him hanging in the gallery. But he was in the right place at the right time, thus gaining the right to make the Beatles’ first official publicity shots on December 17, 1961.

It was a less glamorous assignment than he’d hoped. John Lennon and Paul McCartney chatted and joked the whole time, often messing up Marion’s shots. And – though Marion was bald – or perhaps because of it – Lennon called him “Curly” throughout the shoot. In the end, Marion was so disgusted that he preserved only 16 of the 30 or so negatives that were taken that day.