Robert Whitaker was a celebrity photographer who, upon his return from 3 years in Australia, came to prominence in London in the 1960s. It was in Australia, during The Beatles' tour in 1964, that his work was noted by Brian Epstein, for whom he did a portrait. Epstein then employed him as staff photographer for NEMS.
Apart from creating pictures of the NEMS roster of artists, Whitaker spent much time traveling with The Beatles as part of their entourage. His work was always imaginative and sometimes controversial, such as The Beatles - Yesterday And Today (often referred to as 'the butcher' cover). When friend and illustrator Martin Sharp (2) came to London he met up with Whitaker and together they developed the sleeve for Cream (2) - Disraeli Gears.
Whitaker's work encompasses a wide arc of personalities in the history of music and art. In 2002 he opened a 40th anniversary retrospective of his work in Australia at the Monash Gallery Of Art. In that same year his photos, of The Seekers, appeared upon 40th Anniversary issues of Australian postage stamps. There is a book of his work; "In The Company Of Dali: The Photographs Of Robert Whitaker".