Abbey Road in 10 Minutes

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:

Simple. Perfect.
Sometimes 10 minutes is all you need.
A selection of other photographs taken during the shoot, some of which were taken by Linda McCartney:

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11 Responses to Abbey Road in 10 Minutes

  1. Kathy Eckert says:

    Nice blog

  2. BIG says:

    see what will happen when 4 guy’s hanging around abby road can do in 10 minutes
    one of the greatest album covers of all time!

  3. John says:

    just 4 guys hanging out on the steps – thats what they were at their best – 4 friends hanging out working together – so simple

  4. Linda says:

    Great cover! I wonder if they realized that there was a VW Beetle in the foreground of all the pics, or was that a happy coincidence to go down into history?



  6. Jerry says:

    What a shot.This is truly history!

  7. Jeffrey says:

    It is interesting that that the shot selected was of the Beatles walking away, not towards, the side of the street the Abbey Road Studios is on.

  8. Denise says:

    Interesting that Paul is wearing sandals in the picture on the steps. Wonder what made him decide to remove them (thus propelling all the “Paul is dead” rumors).

  9. Don Banda says:

    Also interesting that none of the road crossing photos show John’s face clearly.

  10. Chuck says:

    some say there were conitations about Paul’s rumored death in the photo, I just don’t see that, just 4 guy’s walking across the street…………….

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