Astrid Kirchherr and the Beatles

By Edward Achorn

A beautiful woman died in Hamburg on Wednesday at the age of 81, a few days short of her 82nd birthday. I will always love her from afar.

Astrid Kirchherr will be remembered as the artist who crafted perhaps the most striking photographs of the Beatles ever taken — when they were unknowns, working all night, every night, in a seedy club on the Reeperbahn, in what George Harrison called “the naughtiest city in the world.” It was there the Beatles honed their craft.

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