"If you look at photographs of the Beatles, in 90 percent of them the three things we were always carrying were cigarettes, a drink and a camera," Ringo Starr said at a press conference Wednesday to introduce Photograph, a limited edition book of photos taken by the Beatles' drummer throughout his life and career, many of them never previously published.
Speaking at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, Starr said that the intimate portraits he shot of this bandmates during the Beatles' recording sessions and first tours of America were informed by the fact that "all through out touring career, we shared two rooms and one car. That's how you get to know each other: in the van, hour after hour. I was kind of stuck with them as models."Starr said he started taking photographs when he was a teenager in Liverpool. Asked repeatedly to write an autobiography, he always declined because "they only want eight years, really and I did have a life before that and after that. So I thought that this was a better way to do it."
Starr's photographs include several taken during the band's first visit to America, in 1964, when they played a single concert in Washington D.C. and made two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, one of them televised in Miami Beach at the Hotel Deauville.