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Mr. Mitchell said his goal was simple. He wanted to make great portraits of the Beatles while discovering a little more about who they really were. 

With no flash, he was forced to wait for the perfect time to snap that shutter. His photographs immortalized the important details of the moment in a bath of light while the rest faded into darkness. It was the concert that marked the beginning of his fascination with light.

“I think that was the first time in my life that I had to really look more deeply at light and take my queues from what the light was doing,” he said. “I learned to sort of feel from the light.”