Robert Freeman (1936) is a photographer and graphics designer who is best-known for his work with the Beatles, shooting some of the band’s most recognisable images featured on several of their album covers. From 1963-1966, he worked extensively with the group and did the photography and design on five of the their album sleeves released consecutively on the Parlophone label in the UK, as well as on several albums on Capitol Records in the US and on various labels in other countries. Freeman designed the end credit sequences for the Beatles’ first two films and some of the graphics and photography displayed on the films’ posters and promotional materials.
Freeman first came to prominence as a photo journalist working for The Sunday Times. He had also become noted for his photographs of several jazz musicians, such as John Coltrane. It was these photographs that impressed Brian Epstein (manager of the Beatles) and the Beatles themselves, which led to his first commission in August 1963 to photograph the group.