Friday morning, August 8, 1969. St. John’s Wood, northwest London.
The Beatles gather outside EMI Studios for a photo session, hoping to capture the image that would become the cover of their next, and final, LP.
John Lennon hires Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan. He is given 10 minutes.
The Beatles walk across the street single-file in front of the studio. They do this six times. Macmillan takes a shot each time the band crosses the street.
Six frames and the session is over.
Everybody back inside.
Paul McCartney chooses frame 5 as the keeper. It would become one of the most iconic images in the history of rock.
Iain Macmillan’s six-frame series, in the order the photos were taken:
Sometimes 10 minutes is all you need.
A selection of other photographs taken during the shoot, some of which were taken by Linda McCartney: