- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2002

Photographer Barry Feinstein remembers when he shot the cover of Beatle George Harrison’s solo album “All Things Must Pass” in 1970.
“We photographed for days,” Mr. Feinstein says of the session outside Mr. Harrison’s home at Friar Park in Henley-on-Thames, England. “Then, someone called him and told him that the gnomes that were stolen from Friar Park in about 1871 could be bought back. They asked if he wanted to buy them back. He said, ‘Sure.’ They brought them back and laid them on the lawn. We went out and looked at them. I said, ‘There’s the cover.’ We didn’t have to move a thing. In about two minutes, we had the cover. It was spontaneous.”
Mr. Feinstein’s photograph appears in “George Harrison 1943-2001, A Photographic Tribute” at Govinda Gallery in Georgetown through March 2 The exhibit celebrates the life and work of Mr. Harrison, who died Nov. 29 at age 58.
The display contains about 50 pictures taken between 1961 and 1992 by 11 photographers. In addition to Mr. Feinstein, they are Harry Benson, William Coupon, Astrid Kirchherr, Gered Mankowitz, Max Scheler, Mark Seliger, Jurgen Vollmer, Robert Whitaker, Baron Wolman and Linda McCartney.
Mr. Feinstein’s image of Mr. Harrison called “His Portrait,” taken in 1971 in Hollywood, Calif., also is exhibited in the collection. The black-and-white photo is featured on the back inside cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Special Edition, George Harrison,” published in 2001. It shows the musician sitting on a stool without shoes.
“We did it in my studio,” says Mr. Feinstein, who lives in Woodstock, N.Y. “He sat down, and we took a couple minutes and shot some pictures. They came out really nice.”
Mr. Coupon says he remembers photographing Mr. Harrison in a small conference room in Warner Bros. Records in Burbank, Calif., for a 1987 cover story for Rolling Stone magazine. The pictures displayed in the tribute, “Eyes Opened” and “Eyes Closed,” reflect the pensive side of Mr. Harrison.
“George wasn’t delighted to have to compete with other people on the label that were hot at that time, Madonna and Prince,” says Mr. Coupon, a New York City resident. “It was part of his contractual agreement in relation to the album ‘Cloud Nine’ that was being released. Having been a Beatle, he was already placed in every photographic situation every one could asked to be put into. It was another routine, going through the motions.”
Mr. Wolman, a Santa Fe, N.M., photographer, says he photographed Mr. Harrison for Rolling Stone in September 1968. The picture in the collection, “George Harrison at Apple Corps,” shows Mr. Harrison reading “Don’t Look Back,” with Bob Dylan’s image on the cover, at the Apple Records office in London.
“One of the writers was doing an interview with Harrison that day,” Mr. Wolman says. “I decided I wasn’t going to bother him or talk to him because I figured everybody bothered him. There was very little dialogue between me and him. He was reclining on the couch. I was sitting there with my camera in the Apple Records foyer and snapped a few pictures. It turned out to be a very, very popular picture.”
Mr. Whitaker, of Sussex, England, traveled on tour with the Beatles for two years. His photograph “Way Out,” of Mr. Harrison standing in Cheswick Park, London, in May 1966, is part of the exhibit.
“The ‘Way Out’ sign that tells you how to get out of the park, George smoking and the kids in the background is really what the ‘60s were about,” Mr. Whitaker says. “Everybody in the ‘60s used to go around saying, ‘Way out.’ Sussex University has written a 60,000-word dissertation about this picture.”
Chris Murray, Govinda Gallery director, says he arranged the images in the exhibit starting with the most recent ones. Various pictures evoke the spiritual presence associated with Mr. Harrison, he says, such as Mr. Coupon’s pictures. Others reflect Mr. Harrison’s daily life, such as “The Beatles Composing,” taken by Mr. Benson in 1964 in Hotel George V in Paris.
“It’s very rare to have a photo of the Beatles composing,” Mr. Murray says. “In the picture, they are writing ‘I Feel Fine.’”
One of the most captivating images was taken by Linda McCartney at the home of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein in 1967, Mr. Murray says.
Beatles members John Lennon and Paul McCartney are shaking hands, with Ringo Starr and Mr. Harrison in the background. The picture, titled “Sgt. Pepper Press Launch,” marks the meeting of Linda and Paul.
“She was Linda Eastman then, not Linda McCartney,” Mr. Murray says. “She first met the Beatles when she took this picture.”
Louise Harrison, Mr. Harrison’s sister, came to Washington for the Friday night opening of the exhibit. She brought with her one of the earliest pictures of Mr. Harrison, taken when he was 14 months old with his brother Peter. Miss Harrison, originally from Liverpool, England, resides in southern Illinois.
“I thought that if there was going to be a lot of people who love my brother that this would be a very good place for me to be,” she says. “It’s an indication that he was well-loved and respected across the planet.”

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