R.I.P. the Beatles manager Sir George Martin who sadly died today. I took this picture of him at EMI’s world famous Abbey Road Recording Studios in Studio 2 in 1996. Studio 2 is where the Beatles did all their recording and Sir George was instrumental in shaping their sound.
At the time I had returned to college after taking a sabbatical from work to study photography. Just before the end of my two year course. I got a call from a good friend of mine, Justin Brennan who worked as an engineer at Abbey Road Studios. He told me that there was a US film crew led by Scotty Meade called EPL Pictures making a documentary about the studios, it was a really big deal, they had a £1,000,000 budget which was unheard of at the time.
Justin suggested that I should come up to the studios but he said “make sure you look like a student, why don’t you put your camera in a plastic bag”, so I emptied my kit from my rather expensive Billinghams bag and headed up to London and the studios.
I met Justin at the door and by chance, standing next to him was the director. He introduced me and in a big brash American accent he said, “hey there Charles, Justin has told me all about you, how would you like an access all areas pass, shoot as much as you can and if we like the images we’ll use them”. Trying to hide the excitement I agreed and spent the rest of the day shooting, trying to make the best of the film stock I had…
The result was eight months of work and my first proper photography job. It took me to Hollywood and I met and photographed some of the worlds most famous people. One of these was Sir George Martin.
Thank you to my great friend Justin for the introduction.
Editorial portraits portfolio
Some of the other famous people I’ve photographed
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