The make-up of one of the most famous Pop album covers
All four Beatles gathered at EMI Studios on the morning of Friday 8 August 1969 for one of the most famous photo shoots of their career. Photographer Iain Macmillan, friend of John and Yoko, took the famous image that adorned their last studio album, Abbey Road. McCartney had sketched his ideas for the cover.
As a policeman held up the traffic, Macmillan took six shots, from a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road, as the group walked across the zebra crosswalk just outside the studio.
The Beatles crossed the road a number of times while Macmillan photographed them. August 8th was a hot day in north London, and for four of the six photographs McCartney walked barefoot; for the other two he wore sandals.
Shortly after the shoot, McCartney chose the fifth one for the album cover. It was the only one when all four Beatles were walking in time (not part of the lot).
Macmillan also took a photograph of a nearby tiled street sign for the back cover (numbered “6” here).