Tom Murray

Tom Murray

Tom Murray is an award-winning photographer whose work spans portraiture, theater, fashion, advertising, newspapers and magazines. He perfected his craft working for newspapers, becoming the head of photography for The Sunday Times Colour Magazine, London's first Sunday magazine. He then worked alongside master photographers Helmut Newton and Lord Snowdon. At 25, he received a commission from the Royal Family, becoming the youngest person to receive this honor, and has since immortalized subjects such as Elizabeth Taylor, Angelica Huston, Dustin Hoffman, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

In the summer of 1968, Mr. Murray was invited to a publicity photo shoot for a popular rock and roll group by a fellow photographer. As it turned out, the band that they were shooting was The Beatles.

From two rolls of film, Mr. Murray kept 23 negatives which are considered the most important color photographs of the group from that period of their career. The impromptu shoot took Tom and the band on a mad dash around London; the collection of photographs has become known as The Mad Day: Summer Of '68.

His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world and has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers like GQ, Vogue, The New York Times, and The London Times.

Tom is a dedicated fund-raiser who now devotes much of his time to charities around the world and in his own community where he regularly donates to a local association for the blind. He began in 1969 when he photographed HRH Princess Margaret and chose to donate a portion of those earnings to her favorite charities. Since then, he has been involved with the Make a Wish Foundation (In the US, UK and Sweden), Project Angel Food, Friends in Need and the Caron Foundation, personally helping to raise over 2 million dollars. Through auctioning his prints for charities or donating them outright, he has raised an additional 6 million. Realizing the importancc of local charities, wherever his work is exhibited, he generously donates a photographic print to a charity of the gallery's choice.

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  1. The Beatles by Tom Murray, Nowhere Man

    Starting at: $1,000.00

    “Bring along your camera. You might get some nice snaps.”

    With those words, spoken in the summer of 1968, a fellow photographer invited Tom Murray to a publicity shoot for an unnamed band. As it turned out, the band was The Beatles.
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  2. The Beatles by Tom Murray

    Starting at: $800.00

    "Bring along your camera. You might get some nice snaps." With those words, spoken in the summer of 1968, a fellow photographer invited Tom Murray to a publicity shoot for an unnamed band. As it turned out, the band was The Beatles. The impromptu shoot th Learn More
  3. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr by Tom Murray, Martha

    Starting at: $800.00

    This is one of the photographer’s favorite pictures from The Mad Day shoot. The longest-haired of the subjects was the subject of Paul’s well-known composition.

    This was the final setting for the shoot, a geodesic dome built for Paul behind Learn More
  4. The Beatles by Tom Murray, Ready Set Go

    Starting at: $3,500.00

    At London’s Old Street Underground station, The Beatles used a wooden plank as a ramp and climbed on top of a large concrete block that was in the middle of a roundabout next to the station.

    The spontaneous play captures the essence of the Learn More
  5. The Beatles by Tom Murray, Untitled I

    Starting at: $800.00

    When the group arrived by the banks of The Thames, Tom Murray recalls, “John dropped to the ground, pretending to be dead. The Beatles laughed. No shot for me. Then they got deadly serious. John had his eyes open and the Beatles looked on with very ser Learn More
  6. The Beatles by Tom Murray, Scene From Thames I

    Starting at: $800.00

    “The guys were in a great mood,” Tom Murray says. “It was a super shoot and great fun.”

    The following day, the band went into the studio to record, “Hey, Jude.” Learn More
  7. The Beatles by Tom Murray, Suburbia

    Starting at: $800.00

    Shot in impromptu scenes around London such as this, “The Mad Day” photographs are from the last publicity shoot of all four of the Beatles. They have been regarded as the some of the best photos ever taken of the group. Learn More
  8. The Beatles by Tom Murray
  9. The Beatles by Tom Murray, Coming Apart

    Starting at: $4,000.00

    “This was a lot of fun, they were just play acting the whole time,” says Tom. “It was a sequence of five shots and took about an hour.” Paul almost fell as the four of them clowned around for the camera. Learn More
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