Rediscovering Paul McCartney's photos of The Beatles' 1964 invasion

Rediscovering Paul McCartney’s photos of The Beatles’ 1964 invasion

Paul McCartney used his Pentax camera the same way he used his guitar: with total freedom. And in early 1964, the 21-year-old took his new camera on perhaps the most momentous musical journey of the 20th century: The Beatles’ invasion of America.

On The Beatles’ first visit to the United States, Paul McCartney brought his Pentax camera. The pictures he took, long thought lost, were recently found, and are the basis of a book and photo exhibition. 

Paul McCartney

Hundreds of his photographs from that trip were recently rediscovered in McCartney’s archive: “It was really nice,” he said, “because I thought they were lost.”

An exhibition of the images, collected in the book, “1964: Eyes of the Storm,” originated at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The show is now on view at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.