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John Lennon at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 1963

Photograph of John Lennon, smiling and looking relaxed, holding a letter and a cigarette

Philip Jones Griffiths/Magnum Photos.
Courtesy of the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation

"I photographed the Beatles during their first concert at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool. I spent most of the time in their dressing room getting to know them.

The highlight was the reading of letters from female fans that shocked the group. 'How do they even know about this stuff!' was one remark."