Terence Spencer packed a lot into life before his death in 2009. After serving in World War II, he later became one of America’s most celebrated photo-journalists, chronicling everything from the Swinging 60s to conflicts in the Congo and Vietnam. Among his snaps are some incredible shots of the Beatles and other counter-culture icons, set to feature in an exhibition launching tomorrow (July 19).
Shrewsbury Museum and Arts Gallery will host a wide array of the photographer’s images till August 31. Here’s one of Marianne Faithful. “Before we started our session we had to take Marianne to a chemist’s shop in the Kings Road to buy make-up. She had no make-up nor any money. In the mirrors of the shop she openly applied it,” said Terry before his death.
The Fab Four in playful poses, as snapped by Terry.
Another of the photographer’s brilliant Beatles portraits.
“This was shot on Robert Plant’s 300 acre estate on the isolated west coast of Wales,” said Terry of this great snap of the Led Zep man. “He did not want the exact location disclosed. It was hilly, thick woods and steep ravines. It poured with rain most of the time we were there. Robert told me he gets much of his inspiration for writing from walking in the woods.”
More classic Fab Four.
All these shots of The Beatles were taken in 1963 during the band’s early ascent to fame.
A more sombre shot of the Fab Four. Cheer up lads, you’re not in the dock.
The man himself – Terry Spencer.