On this day in music history: January 9, 1968 …

On this day in music history: January 9, 1968 – The new issue of Look Magazine featuring portraits of The Beatles by photographer Richard Avedon arrives on news stands. The issue contains photos of the band taken by the famed photographer at Thompson House, 200 Gray’s Inn Road in London on August 11, 1967. There are two sets of individual portraits of each member taken, one set taken in black and white and given a bluish tint, and the others are solarized (developing the original image, then re-exposing it to light, causing the colors to shift and printing on to high contrast paper), giving them their distinctive psychedelic look. The issue also comes with a large fold out poster of the band posing together. These photographs are among the most famous and often republished images taken of The Beatles. The photos first appear in the UK in The Daily Express newspaper in February of 1968, with a mail in offer to purchase the portraits as a set and as a poster. The images from the fold out poster are used for the 1977 compilation album “Love Songs”. The psychedelic portraits are combined, becoming a best selling poster, and are also used in the packaging and promotional marketing campaign for the “Beatles 1” compilation in 2000.