Robert Freeman är en hyllad fotograf, berömd för sitt albumomslag till The Beatles. Han var Beatles officiella fotograf mellan 1963 och 1966. Freemans första steg in i rampljuset fick han när han arbetade på den första Pirelli kalendern och när han fotograferade Nikita Khrushchev. Det var hans svartvita foton av jazz-legenden John Coltrane som fick The Beatles att öppna ögonen för honom.
"...In the summer of '63. I'd been a photographer for two years but had already established a reputation through my work for the SundayTimes and other magazines. I'd recently been on assignment in Moscow to photograph Khrushchev in the Kremlin, and earlier that year had shot the first Pirelli calendar. This was a big hit and, in later years, a media event. But my favourite assignment during that period was photographing John Coltrane and other jazz musicians at a festival in London. It was photographs of these musicians that I later showed to the Beatles... I contacted their press agent in London. He referred me to Brian Epstein, their manager, who asked me to send samples of my work to Llandudno, in Wales, where the Beatles were playing at the time. I put together a portfolio of large black-and-white prints, most of which were portraits of jazz musicians - Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane. The Beatles' response was positive - they liked the photographs and, as a result, Brian arranged for me to meet them in Bournemouth a week later where they were booked to play several evenings at the local Gaumont cinema."