• Thursday, Sep 22, 2011

    Carnegie Hall Presents The Beatles: Hidden Gallery - An Exhibit of Rare and Intimate Photos by Paul Berriff Featuring the Young Iconic Rock Group

    Recently Discovered Early Candid Images from the 1960s on Display in Zankel Hall's Lobby From October 8 through December 17, Free to Zankel Hall Ticketholders Special Free Saturday Morning Viewing Hours Offered To Public: November 26 and December 3, 10 &17
    This fall—from Saturday, October 8 through Saturday, December 17, 2011—Carnegie Hall presents The Beatles: Hidden Gallery, an exhibition of more than 30 recently discovered candid images of the seminal rock group, photographed in 1963 and 1964 by British photographer and award-winning cinematographer Paul Berriff. These intimate photographs—shot in England around the time of the group’s first tour of the United States which included two landmark performances at Carnegie Hall—showcase the young band on the cusp of superstardom, just prior to the world-wide eruption of “Beatle-Mania.”

    In 1963, Paul Berriff—a 16-year-old boy with a big passion for photography—approached the managers of local Yorkshire theaters who granted him a coveted place on several backstage pass lists. He soon found himself behind-the-scenes at numerous concerts, featuring Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, among others. Berriff formed a good relationship with the Fab Four, returning to photograph them again in 1964. He was able to capture many candid moments with the type of backstage access that was later unheard of as the group became more popular, and photo shoots were restricted to a small cadre of pre-approved professional photographers. He notes, “Sometimes they would pose for me, but most of the time I would just take the pictures in their unguarded moments—they looked more natural.”

    Amazingly, Berriff forgot about his photos and more than 850 negatives lay stored in a small box until he rediscovered them while clearing out his attic in 2009. Among them were nearly 40 images of The Beatles, seen by the public for the first time last year.

    Ticketholders for all Zankel Hall performances are invited to view The Beatles: Hidden Gallery exhibit, pre-concert or during intermission, from October 8 through December 17.

    The exhibit will be open to the public for free viewing on four consecutive Saturdays in November and December from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Open gallery hours will take place on Saturday, November 26; Saturday, December 3; Saturday, December 10; and Saturday, December 17. Admission is free, with tickets available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office beginning at 10:00 a.m. each Saturday.

    The Beatles made their Carnegie Hall debut on February 12, 1964, following only two other live performances in the U.S., including a concert at the Washington Coliseum in Washington DC and their famed performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City.

    The Beatles: Hidden Gallery exhibit is presented by Carnegie Hall in conjunction with
    The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, England. For more information on The Beatles: Hidden Gallery collection, please visit www.the-beatles-hidden-gallery.com .

    About the Photographer
    Paul Berriff is one of the UK’s leading cinematographers, with a career spanning over 45 years. Berriff started his career as a copy boy and press photographer at the Yorkshire Evening Post, but soon moved into the world of moving pictures—becoming the youngest ever cameraman for the BBC at the age of 21. Since then, Berriff’s career has taken him to such far-flung destinations as Nicaragua and Borneo, earning the nickname of “The Indiana Jones of Television.” Among his many successes, Berriff is credited for pioneering the “fly-on-the-wall” reality documentary—a format now seen on television channels the world over. His unique eye for a good story, coupled with an exacting standard of professionalism, has earned him a total of 19 industry awards, including a BAFTA for Best Factual Program and a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography.

    Program Information
    Saturday, October 8, 2011–Saturday, December 17, 2011
    Zankel Hall (Parterre & Mezzanine Levels)
    THE BEATLES: HIDDEN GALLERY
    An Exhibit of Recently Discovered Images of The Beatles: 1963-1964


    Presented by Carnegie Hall in conjunction with The Beatles Story in Liverpool, England.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Ticketholders for all Zankel Hall performances can view The Beatles: Hidden Gallery exhibit, pre-concert or during intermission, from October 8 through December 17.

    The exhibit will be open to the public for free viewing on four consecutive Saturdays in November and December. Open gallery hours will take place on Saturday, November 26; Saturday, December 3; Saturday, December 10; and Saturday, December 17 from 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Admission is free, with tickets available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, beginning at 10:00 a.m. each Saturday. Members of the public should call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 for more information.

    In conjunction with The Beatles: Hidden Gallery exhibit, a limited number of fine art posters will be available for purchase in the Zankel Hall Lobby and in the Carnegie Hall Shop alongside other Carnegie Hall merchandise.
     



    Image at top of press release by Paul Berriff
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