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The 5th Beatle

By VicBarnes
George Martin never produced a pop album after the Beatles until 1989. He heard ex-Dexy's Midnight Runners bass and keyboards player Andy Leek and was so impressed with Andy's voice and songwriting talents that he agree to produce his first solo album. Andy asked me if I'd document the occasion and take some shots for the album's inner sleeve. I had two hours and George asked me not to use flash.
I managed to get enough usable shots by pushing Tri-X in Rodinal to 1000 ISO. Tyhis is one of my favourites because it shows something of George's character. He was a thoroughly nice man with a wicked sense of humour. He treated me with the utmost of respect as a fellow professional and even allowed me into the recording studio while he and Andy laid down the orchestra tracks.
The album 'Say Something' was re-released. last month. I believe it's an exceptional album, but I would say that, wouldn't I?!

Tags: Light Photo journalism Studio Available Air Character Black and white Martin George Legend Portraits and people

Voters: mrswoolybill, saeidNL, Charlesmoss and 21 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 12:38PM
Love this - gentle, personal, humorous. A portrait of a very modest great man.
saeidNL 12 3 Netherlands
12 Mar 2010 12:46PM
nice work,well done.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 1:15PM
There is a delightful, candid feel to this, enhanced by the induced grain.
helena 18 134 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 1:23PM
Brilliant portrait, quality work,
Tara x
12 Mar 2010 1:34PM
Beautifully captured portrait. Agree with Bill the grain gives it an extra dimension.

DOGSBODY 13 1.4k 30 England
12 Mar 2010 2:00PM
My father in law served in the RAF with George Martin and was involved as stage electrician in Georges forces shows. Another member was a man called Tony Melody who was well known on TV some years ago. We have a couple of pesonalised programmes with my father in law and George's names on which my wife treasures greatly. I wonder how big the Beatles would have been without George's massive influence. Andy
VicBarnes 12 49 2 England
12 Mar 2010 2:29PM
Good question Andy. The thing is, he's a lovely man and I'm proud to have met him. I love this photo because it really IS him.
The re-release of Andy Leek's album just might give it the recognition it deserves. George's production (on the original 1990 version) is stunning and although much of it is retained on the re-mix, I still love the version I heard being recorded. Biased? Yes -- absolutely!
Thanks for your support guys.
Zoundz 13 25 1 Ireland
12 Mar 2010 2:47PM
I think this is a fab shot, I love the texture to it, and think it's a charming candid - Very inspirational! I dream of being able to shoot portraits like this. Smile

cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
12 Mar 2010 3:05PM
Alan_Coles 16 178 11 Wales
12 Mar 2010 3:44PM
Great shot and love the processing on it....your description of him really comes across on the image - congrats.
Graflex 18 488 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 4:40PM
Good old George,you couldn't get anymore candid than this..
Ah!the smell of chemicals,the feel of film,and a touch of grain,a great combination,Vic.
sandycroft 14 61 England
12 Mar 2010 6:44PM
Great shot , thanks for sharing it .
pentaxian 12 12 1
12 Mar 2010 11:07PM
A beautifully candid and very personal portrait just dripping with atmosphere and occasion. The graininess and the archival feel tends only to heighten this. Gets my vote and would get more than one if I could give it.

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