Ringo Starr wants Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono’s old photos for Beatles archive project

Drummer's recently unearthed photos go on display at London's National Portrait Gallery

The Beatles‘ drummer Ringo Starr has called on his former bandmate Paul McCartney to sort through his old pictures for an upcoming photo project.

The National Portrait Gallery in London has unveiled a new public exhibitions of private photographs taken by Starr, which he had forgotten about until rediscovering them.

Speaking at a launch event at the gallery this week, Starr urged McCartney, as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, to search through their archives for similar displays.

“If they’re listening … dig out the negatives,” he said, as reported by The Guardian.


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 NPG collection, 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.