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Govinda Gallery : Henry Grossman 1937-2022


Govinda Gallery presented Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper in 2008, featuring Henry Grossman’s rarely-seen photographs of The Beatles during the recording of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, arguably the most iconic and influential album of all time. This is the first exhibition of Henry Grossman’s remarkable photographs of The Beatles.

Taken during a single night’s session–as the band recorded “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”—these photographs offer a compelling portrait of four of the most popular and publicized figures of the 20th century. Grossman’s uniquely intimate account documents The Beatles’ captivating individual personalities while attesting to their collaborative power at their creative peak.

Henry Grossman’s career began in the early 1960s. As a contributing photographer for Time, Life, Newsweek, and People Magazine, Grossman covered a variety of important figures, including Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Nelson Mandela, Duke Ellington and Truman Capote. Grossman gained unprecedented access to President John F. Kennedy in the White House and abroad. Through his work he also befriended The Beatles and went to Abbey Road Studios to photograph them during the legendary Sgt. Pepper session.

Chris Murray, January 6, 2023


About the photograph : They are working out the arrangement for Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, which Paul just came in with. An E.E. Cummings book of poetry on the piano. It was 8:15 in the evening. They went on to work out and record the song that session. A remarkable image indeed. Henry was able to work quietly and without bother, as he had photographed the band on the set of HELP, their 2nd film, in the Bahamas. They liked Henry, and were comfortable with him being around.


Govinda Gallery
5185 MacArthur Blvd. NW, No. 718
Washington, DC 20016

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