Text by Peter de Jong / The Swollenaer
The Beatles will take center stage in the Herman Brood Museum on the Blijmarkt in Zwolle from Friday 11 June. Now that the cabinet has decided to convert the falling corona figures into early opening of the museums, museum man Ivo de Lange has come up with a great first: a unique photo collection of the world tour 1964-1966 of the English quartet.
This week, De Lange will most likely get few hours of sleep. Reason: to set up the top floor of his Brood museum with more than eighty photos from the Beatles' 1964-1966 world tour. A tour captured on camera by the staff photographer of John, Paul, George and Ringo. How De Lange got these photos, he tells Rondje Swolle in an exclusive conversation. “I was a good friend of Beatles staff photographer Robert Whitaker. A friendship that lasted more than twenty years. This mutual bond has enabled me to buy a special collection of his photos. Also in that collection is the Beatles world tour 1964-1966. Whitaker signed them all for me. I also have exclusive photo work of Salvador Dali with whom he lived in the house for two years.”
Whitaker, who passed away in 2011, was once named the fifth Beatle for his impressive work as a staff photographer. Brian Epstein, the manager of perhaps the greatest world band of all time, was so impressed with Whitaker's photographic work in Melbourne (1964) that he immediately offered him a job. De Lange: “His photos from that world tour give a nice insight into the life of the popular foursome. But Epstein was also photographed by Whitaker in a special way.
And Whitaker managed to seduce the musicians, behind the scenes, into making the strangest of things. For example, there are photos in which the Beatles attack each other with styrofoam. Fun and certainly unique.”
The Beatles exhibit has been extended due to success and will be open every weekend through October 31st. The entrance fee is € 7.00 and that is only two euros on top of the price that gives access to the Herman Brood Museum. So Brood and the Beatles together for an amount where museum cardholders only pay € 4.50. Children up to the age of 12 are free.
More info: www.beatlesphotocollection.com