Ethan Russell on the Beatles’ final photos, why John Lennon liked him and his own unbeatable luck

On this episode of “Everything Fab Four,” rock photographer Ethan Russell breaks down his storied career


Celebrated rock photographer, director and author Ethan Russell joined host Kenneth Womack to talk about his storied career and work with the Beatles, his new book “Ethan Russell Photographs,” and much more on “Everything Fab Four,” a podcast co-produced by me and Womack (a music scholar who also writes about pop music for Salon) and distributed by Salon.

Russell, the godson of songwriter Cole Porter, holds the distinction as being the only photographer to have shot album covers for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who. But as he tells Womack, he actually started out as an English major —until a chance meeting with Mick Jagger in London changed the trajectory of his career. As Russell says, he “had the job of rock photographer before it was considered a profession,” and that if “Cambridge had accepted me, I would have never done the cover for ‘Let It Be.'”

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