Young Ethan Russell decided to become a photographer when he saw Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 iconic film “Desire.”
After his father bought him a camera, Russell began exploring the rock scene in his hometown of San Francisco before leaving for London. He didn’t find the swaying scene he wanted to find there, but after a long dry spell he took on the task of taking pictures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. His photos captured his love for each other, and shortly after, Russell was in the studio and took the photo while the Beatles were recording the album that became “Let It Be.”
These photos (along with Linda McCartney’s photos) are included in Callaway Arts & Entertainment’s new shiny book, The Beatles: Get Back, which will be released on October 12th. This book is a companion to Peter Jackson’s Apple + documentary, revisiting the invisible hours of band footage that captured the band when it broke up. Russell also took the last photo of the group.