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From Hamburg to Hollywood

Photographs and words by Jürgen Vollmer

Jürgen Vollmer

A beautifully designed retrospective of Jürgen Vollmer's life and work, From Hamburg to Hollywood is told through Jürgen's own photographs and stories.

Beginning with Jürgen's recollections of his time spent with The Beatles in Hamburg in 1960, then moving on to Paris and an influential meeting with John and Paul, Jürgen goes on to recount his experience of 1970s New York, life in Hollywood, and his return to his native Hamburg 30 years later.

Jürgen Vollmer's stories – some very funny, some poignant, all as eloquent as his images – capture in a few crisp words the moments and thoughts that helped create a legend.

'Meeting Jürgen Vollmer was a very important event in my life and the lives of the other Beatles. His sense of style and excellent photographic skills were to have a profound effect throughout our careers.' – Sir Paul McCartney

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The Photography

From Hamburg to Hollywood

Jürgen Vollmer was just embarking upon his photographic career in 1960 when he wandered into a Rocker's basement club with existentialist friends Astrid Kirchherr and Klaus Voormann and first encountered The Beatles.

Jürgen Vollmer's photographs during this period capture The Beatles before their image was transformed by suits and signature haircuts - in 1960, they were still sporting Elvis quiffs, ducktails, and black leather jackets. From assisting the German photographer Reinhart Wolf in Hamburg, Jürgen's move to Paris saw him working with photographer and film director William Klein and becoming an important part of the rive gauche community.

In New York in the 70s, Jürgen met Black Panther activists and provided writer Jean Genet with a safe haven. Working as a stills photographer in Hollywood during the 80s gave Jürgen the opportunity to photograph modern movie legends including Natassja Kinski, Robert Redford, Madonna, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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The Manuscript

From Hamburg to Hollywood

'I met the two Beatles and they had decided to take their change of appearance all the way ... the first scream by the new Beatles' haircut could be heard the very next morning.' - Jürgen Vollmer

'The Beatle haircut was in fact a "Jürgen" haircut' - Sir Paul McCartney

'Remarkably powerful images and moving text... No mere photography book but a treasured work of art.' - Goldmine

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The Deluxe Edition

From Hamburg to Hollywood

Just 1,750 deluxe copies are to be created, each signed by Jürgen Vollmer and boasting contributions from friends Sir Paul McCartney and Klaus Voormann.

FROM HAMBURG TO HOLLYWOOD features a hand-made quarter-leather band volume of 130 silver-edged pages, enclosed in a replica photographic printbox and an original 8" x 6" (20cm x 15cm) Beatles print signed by Jürgen Vollmer (the choice of image may vary from the example displayed here).

'One look at Vollmer's stunning photos of The Beatles in Hamburg - part of this lavish tome - will convert you instantly.' - Record Collector

From Hamburg to Hollywood

Photographs and words by Jürgen Vollmer

From Hamburg to Hollywood

From Hamburg to Hollywood

  • ISBN:
    0904351564
  • Deluxe:
    1750 copies
  • Signed by:
    Jürgen Vollmer
  • Contributors:
    Sir Paul McCartney, Klaus Voormann
  • Binding:
    Hand-made quarter-bound volume comprising 130 pages finished with silver edging
  • Box:
    Each copy comes housed in an elegantly crafted presentation box
  • Extras:
    An original 8" x 6" (20cm x 15cm) Beatles print, signed by Jürgen Vollmer
Deluxe £225
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Beginning with recollections of his time with The Beatles in Hamburg in 1960, moving to Paris and an influential meeting with John and Paul, Jürgen Vollmer goes on to recount his experience of 1970s New York, life in Hollywood, and his return to Hamburg 30 years later.

  • Page size: 300mm x 210mm
  • 130 pages
  • 140 images
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