Along with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr is one of the two surviving members of arguably the world’s most famous pop band — The Beatles. However, Starr is more than just the Fab Four’s famous drummer. He recently filmed an interview with Rolling Stone that sheds light on his unbridled love of photography. “I think I really got more serious about it, more excited and interested in it, in the Beatle era,” said Starr. “Photography became my passion alongside playing, really.”
In addition to notable prints found on online galleries such as this, incredibly candid and exclusive photos of The Beatles have been released in a new book by Starr simply titled Photograph. Along with shots of Starr at an early age, Photograph features many pictures taken by the celebrated musician himself, which gives a fascinating insight into the life of the group that is hard to find elsewhere. The Beatles, of course, were one of the most often photographed groups of their time. Yet compared to today’s acts — which face a million cellphone cameras at every turn — their photos are still relatively rare. Making them more rare still is that The Beatles, despite their enduring cultural impact and musical influence, really had a short window compared to their contemporaries in the British Invasion like the Rolling Stones and The Who. The Beatles were a band for just ten years (1960-1970) and did their last concert tour in 1966.