Beatles – Abbey Road on 08 August 1969
June 18, 2012
The six photos that photographer Iain Macmillan took, while standing on a stepladder in front of the crossing.
They start by walking across from the Abbey Road Studios side of the street over to the other side, Paul McCartney is still wearing sandals. The VW beetle is there all the way through the session, but the police van is nowhere to be seen yet.
Paul keeps the flip flops on as they return, but he leaves them on the sidewalk for the remainder of the photo session.
one of several London buses and a taxi appears. Paul has left his sandals.
another bus is waiting for The Beatles to cross the street.
The iconic cover photo, where they are walking in step. There’s that police van. This photo has been colour improved for use on the cover. The unaltered original has not been published.
And the van is still there in the final photo. The last bus approaches.
And all those rumors about the Abbey Road zebra crossing having been moved since the sixties is just someone’s imagination.
The zebra crossing with EMI studios in the background on 25 September 1969