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Posted 6 years ago

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I have recently acquired an 8" x 10" large format photo negative. It pictures the Beatles on the film set of A Hard Day's Night with film director Richard Lester. Could anyone tell me more about this item? Is it an original or is it a photo of a photo? Value? etc.

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  1. stefdesign stefdesign, 6 years ago
    It looks like an original. I downloaded your image, and inversed it, and it doesn't look like a photo of a photo to me. I'm certainly no expert, but I can't really see why a professional would bother taking a photo of this photo, and presenting it as an original.

    I have no idea the value. Hopefully some Beatles memorabilia experts will chime in their opinions. I think it's pretty awesome!
  2. happytobehere happytobehere, 6 years ago
    Thank you so much stefdesign for taking the time to respond to my enquiry! :)
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I am not sure if it is original.

    But I'd like to comment on stefs statement: "... I can't really see why a professional would bother taking a photo of this photo, and presenting it as an original. "

    Money for an original negative would certainly motivate a shady photographer.

  4. happytobehere happytobehere, 6 years ago
    Interesting comment, thank you Scott! I was uncertain about it being an original as the picture is not square on with the negative. Maybe copies were made for others to reproduce the picture in different locations.
  5. stefdesign stefdesign, 6 years ago
    Yes, I do see that money can be made by selling a negative of a negative. I also didn't notice that the images weren't square with each other. I really can't see it, but if you say so, it must be so. Of course, the Beatles were a huge 'money machine', so I'm sure profit would have been a motivating factor. Originally I didn't see the point of making a photo of a photo, but a professional could probably get away with it. Nowadays, it's just so much easier to do your image stealing on the web! LOL! Nice photo though, I've never seen this image before.
  6. happytobehere happytobehere, 6 years ago
    I collect negatives as I am fascinated by them. They actually bare whiteness to the event taking place in the picture. A copy is therefore disappointing as it was never present at the time and place depicted in the image. The possibility of owning something so unique which actually captures the live event in this day and age of digital imagery has become rare.

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