The Beatles‘ drummer Ringo Starr has admitted that he is a fan of the selfie.
Starr was at the National Portrait Gallery in London yesterday (September 9) for the launch of an exhibition of recently rediscoverd archive photographs that he took during his time with The Beatles.
Speaking to the BBC, Starr explained that he had been an avid photographer since the age of 19 and that he still kept his hobby up. Asked if he was a fan of the selfie, he replied, “Yes! I’m afraid I am!”
“The interesting thing is when I’m touring,” he continued. “When you first come onstage nobody’s really interested. They’re all looking at you, filming you, looking at their little screen.”
Following the discovery of the long lost photographs, Starr urged Paul McCartney, as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, to search through their archives.
Starr added, “The other boys had cameras too, so the next plan is I want to get the rest of my pictures, Paul’s pictures, Yoko will have John’s pictures, Olivia George’s… it would make a great book. I’ll be in a lot more photos. If I put it out there, they might respond.”
On finding the photos that make up the new exhibition, Starr said, “I had a lot of stuff in storage and we had to move everything and I started finding books of negatives, a lot of them I didn’t know I still had.”
Ringo Starr is also releasing a book in conjunction with the exhibition, titled Photograph. It will be published on 21 September.