Behind the scenes of Beatlemania
Life Books With the Beatles
LIFE With the Beatles presents the photographs of Bob Whitaker, the Fab Four’s official photographer, who traveled with the band from 1964 through 1966, at the height of Beatlemania. Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do,” in 1962, the book is part of LIFE’s Great Photographers Series and collects hundreds of rare photographs by Whitaker, many never before published, along with his iconic album covers and images for the band. The bold typography of the book design captures the mod spirit of the Swinging Sixties, balanced with a quiet, classic layout that conveys Whitaker’s close relationship with the band.
Since 2009, Li’l Robin has worked with LIFE Books to design several of the publisher’s titles. The books tell stories through images, often pulling photography from the extensive Time & Life picture collection. Each book maintains the iconic LIFE brand but creates a unique setting for the subject. The design elements are carefully coordinated to establish a framework that makes the images the focus, bringing the brilliant photography to “life.”