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.

Have questions about this work? Talk to one of our specialists.

Additional Information

No apparent condition issues.

The condition noted above is as represented by the seller to the best of their ability. This work has not been inspected in person by Paddle8.

For questions on this lot please email For more information on terms of purchase with Paddle8, please refer to our conditions of business

This work ships from the United States.

The Beatles, 1964
Lot Number 32
Gelatin silver print with selenium toning
19 x 19 in (48.26 x 48.26 cm)
1 of 3
Signed and numbered by the photographer on recto
Printed in 2018

Online bidding for this work ended on February 16, 2018 at 1:31pm ET.

Interested in this work? Contact us.

We’ll add this work to your watch list and notify you shortly before the auction ends.

Get alerts about new works by

Mike Mitchell
The Beatles
  • Dimensions
    19 x 19 in (48.26 x 48.26 cm)