Robert Whitaker

Profil:
British-Australian photographer and conceptual artist, born 13 November 1939, in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England, UK and died 20 September 2011 in West Sussex, England, UK. He is most noted for his work with NEMS artists and The Beatles.
Moved to study at the University of Melbourne in 1961.

Whitaker moved from Australia to London and occupied accommodation in "Joubert Studios" at 14 Jubilee Place, London SW3, off the King's Road. [Once occupied by the painter Raymond Ray-Jones, who became a member of the St Ives Society]. When Martin Sharp (2) lodged with Whitaker he called upon Whitaker's skills in the making of the Cream (2) - Disraeli Gears sleeve.

Whitaker's involvement with The Beatles came about when the group toured Australia in 1964. He photographed Brian Epstein for an article in Melborne's 'Jewish News'. Epstein was impressed and offered him a post as staff photographer at NEMS in the UK. This gave Whitaker access to photograph a raft of leading musicians of the sixties and he became good friends with John Lennon. His work also appeared in Sharp's 'Oz' magazine.

One particular image that gained Whitaker media attention was a Beatles cover that appeared on US & Canadian LP sleeves in 1966, but was quickly withdrawn a day before release. It was The Beatles - Yesterday And Today. Whitaker believes that 250,000 copies were printed. 'Mojo' magazine later estimated that as many as 60,000 were issued to the media before it became withdrawn on grounds of 'bad taste'. According to Capitol's then president, Alan Livingston, the photo was used at the insistence of Paul McCartney, with the remark "It's our comment on the war". This was the year of Lennon's controversial 'Jesus' remark, which probably colored Capitol's decision not to add more fuel to The Beatles' fire.

The image was replaced by another Whitaker had shot, of the band standing around a steamer trunk. Existing albums were transferred by hand into the new cover. Time of the essence, it was then decided to paste a print over the existing cover. These 'paste-overs' then began to command high prices among collectors, as did original copies that had escaped in recall. Livingstone had kept 25 copies in 1966. Very early in the '90s one copy sold for $20,000 cash, later being sold-on to a Californian collector in 1994 for $25,000.

In fact, neither Whitaker or Lennon ever intended the image to be used in the manner it was. As a 'thinking' portrait artist Whitaker was always seeking to convey a message about his subject in his work. Three images were intended, laid out in a triptych gatefold, that were 'idolatory' in an 'anti-hero' sense, with the background dropped-out and gold inserted. Lennon, especially, rose to the idea of this not being yet another smiling band portrait. Whitaker had already photographed intriguing images of Salvador Dalí and this was simply another extension of his surrealist ideas.

Whitaker later returned to Australia, where he has had a number of retrospective exhibitions, as well as shows in American galleries. His images of The Seekers have also been employed on Australian postage stamp issues.
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Instruments & Performance

KWCD37, 88697 107032 Robert Whitaker - An End Has A Start Cover-Design Editors Editors - An End Has A Start (Album) Kitchenware Records, Kitchenware Records KWCD37, 88697 107032 UK & Europe 2007 Diese Version verkaufen

Visual

GEP 8946 Robert Whitaker - The Beatles' Million Sellers Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - The Beatles' Million Sellers (EP) Parlophone GEP 8946 UK 1965 Diese Version verkaufen
SMC 83 870 Robert Whitaker - Ferry Cross The Mersey Cover-Design Gerry And The Pacemakers* Gerry And The Pacemakers* - Ferry Cross The Mersey (Comp, Album) Columbia SMC 83 870 Germany 1965 Diese Version verkaufen
SOE 3765 Robert Whitaker - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' Cover-Design Cilla Black Cilla Black - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'(7", EP) Odeon SOE 3765 France 1965 Diese Version verkaufen
none Robert Whitaker - The Beatles Third Christmas Record Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - The Beatles Third Christmas Record(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) The Official Beatles Fan Club none UK 1965 Diese Version verkaufen
GEP 8954 Robert Whitaker - Cilla's Hits Cover-Design Cilla Black Cilla Black - Cilla's Hits(7", EP, Mono) Parlophone GEP 8954 UK 1966 Diese Version verkaufen
DSOE 16.685 Robert Whitaker - Day Tripper Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - Day Tripper (EP) Odeon DSOE 16.685 Spain 1966 Diese Version verkaufen
PMC 7004 Robert Whitaker - Cilla Sings A Rainbow Cover-Design Cilla Black Cilla Black - Cilla Sings A Rainbow (Album) Parlophone PMC 7004 UK 1966 Diese Version verkaufen
GEP 8948 Robert Whitaker - Yesterday Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - Yesterday (EP) Parlophone GEP 8948 India 1966 Diese Version verkaufen
PMCJ 7016 Robert Whitaker - A Collection Of Beatles Oldies Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - A Collection Of Beatles Oldies (Comp, Album) Parlophone PMCJ 7016 South Africa 1966 Diese Version verkaufen
SLZ 8087 Robert Whitaker - Come The Day Cover-Design The Seekers The Seekers - Come The Day (Album) Columbia, Columbia SLZ 8087 New Zealand 1966 Diese Version verkaufen
PCS 7009 Robert Whitaker - Revolver Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - Revolver (Album) Parlophone PCS 7009 India 1966 Diese Version verkaufen
ST 2431, ST-2431 Robert Whitaker - Georgy Girl Cover-Design The Seekers The Seekers - Georgy Girl (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records ST 2431, ST-2431 Canada 1967 Diese Version verkaufen
SMC 74 359, SCXW 6193 Robert Whitaker - Seekers Seen In Green Cover-Design The Seekers The Seekers - Seekers Seen In Green (Album) Columbia, Columbia SMC 74 359, SCXW 6193 Germany 1967 Diese Version verkaufen
594 003 Robert Whitaker - Disraeli Gears Cover-Design Cream (2) Cream (2) - Disraeli Gears (Album) Reaction, Reaction 594 003 UK 1967 Diese Version verkaufen
SCX 6278 Robert Whitaker - Live At The Talk Of The Town Cover-Design The Seekers The Seekers - Live At The Talk Of The Town (Album) Columbia SCX 6278 Netherlands 1968 Diese Version verkaufen
SCXM 5028, SCXM.5028 Robert Whitaker - For Christmas With Love Cover-Design Judith Durham Judith Durham - For Christmas With Love (Album) Goodyear, Goodyear SCXM 5028, SCXM.5028 New Zealand 1969 Diese Version verkaufen
GEP 8952 Robert Whitaker - Nowhere Man Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - Nowhere Man (EP) Parlophone GEP 8952 UK 1969 Diese Version verkaufen
1C 198-53163-176 Robert Whitaker - The Beatles Collection Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - The Beatles Collection (Comp, Album) Parlophone, Apple Records 1C 198-53163-176 Sweden 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
2610633 Robert Whitaker - Le Disque des Records - Slows Cover-Design Various Various - Le Disque des Records - Slows (Comp) EMI Pathé Marconi 2610633 Europe 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
MFSL C-100 Robert Whitaker - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band(Cass, Album, RE, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL C-100 US 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
7 91135 1 Robert Whitaker - Past Masters Volumes One & Two Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - Past Masters Volumes One & Two (Comp) Parlophone 7 91135 1 France 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
CDP 7 90044 2, CD-BPM 2 Robert Whitaker - Past Masters • Volume Two Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - Past Masters • Volume Two (Comp) Parlophone, Parlophone CDP 7 90044 2, CD-BPM 2 UK, Europe & US 1988 Diese Version verkaufen
CD3R 5389, 20 31163 Robert Whitaker - We Can Work It Out  Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - We Can Work It Out (Single) Parlophone, Parlophone CD3R 5389, 20 31163 UK & Europe 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
CD3R 5200, 20 3113 3 Robert Whitaker - I Feel Fine Cover-Design The Beatles The Beatles - I Feel Fine (Single) Parlophone, Parlophone CD3R 5200, 20 3113 3 UK 1989 Diese Version verkaufen