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News - 08 Jan 2014

The National Portrait Gallery is currently holding an exhibition of photographs taken by Michael Peto

Mandela to McCartney


The National Portrait Gallery is currently holding an exhibition of photographs taken by the late Michael Peto in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Portraits of Nelson Mandela, Ian McKellen, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are joined by a photograph of The Beatles and Dick Lester (pictured left), first published in the Genesis limited edition NOW THESE DAYS ARE GONE.

The photo was taken in a recreation of Buckingham Palace during the making of Help! Filming was not allowed in the palace, so some scenes were shot in Cliveden House and others (that involved damage to the building) in a set built at Twickenham Studios. The Beatles and Dick Lester share their memories of filming in NOW THESE DAYS ARE GONE, which is available to buy here.

‘We would occasionally get stoned on the way to the film set. My main memory is of being in hysterics because for all of us, one of the great things about early pot was the sheer hysteria – the laughs. And nobody quite knew why we were laughing, and of course this made it even funnier.’ – Paul McCartney in NOW THESE DAYS ARE GONE



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While The Beatles were shooting their second feature film, Help! Michael Peto was working for The Observer Sunday newspaper – then the UK's most prestigious publication for photojournalists. His position ensured access to The Beatles over the course of a year. The new limited edition book NOW THESE DAYS ARE GONE features nearly 300 pictures of The Beatles that have never been published before.

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