Photographer Mike Mitchell encountered The Beatles during their first ever concert in America on February 11, 1964, where the then-teenager obtained a press pass and placed himself in front of the stage to take some of the most iconic photographs known of the band. This was one of the most historic concerts of the Beatles' career and Mitchell captured close ups of the group, playing with the lighting to create dramatic and intimate portraits. Here, Mitchell captures the band at a press photo reception in advance of the Washington Coliseum concert. Unlike the rest of the press corps who were photographing the Beatles from the front, Mitchell made his way behind them, producing this breathtaking silhouette of the group, illuminated by the bright press lighting.
This photograph is from an edition of three as part of a series of Mitchell’s nine most iconic photographs of The Beatles created exclusively for this auction.
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