Beatles arriving in New York

1964, Printed Later
Archival Pigment Photograph

Signed, dated and numbered from edition of 35 on recto.

“On February 7, 1964, Pan Am flight 101 from London landed at New York’s JFK Airport. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” had become number one on the U.S. charts only a few days earlier. I had arranged with them to turn around and look at me as they exited the plane, but in the excitement of the moment, they forgot. I called out for them to turn around. Ringo heard me and reminded the other three and I took the photo. Since the crowds of screaming fans had been kept away by the New York police, I didn’t bother to develop and wire the photos to London. Years later, photographer Jonathan Delano was helping me and came across the undeveloped roll of Tri-X film. I am glad he found that roll, for the photo is important to me because it was taken on the day we all arrived in America for the first time.” – Harry Benson