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Robert Whitaker dies at 71; Beatles photographer
Robert Whitaker dies at 71; Beatles photographer

Photographer Robert Whitaker, who shot some of the most famous — and infamous — images of the Beatles, has died. He was 71. Whitaker died of cancer Sept. 20 in Sussex, southern England, according to a friend, photo archivist Dave Brolan. Whitaker took scores of well-known pictures of the Beatles, including the controversial "butcher" cover of the 1966 American album "Yesterday and Today." The image of the Fab Four in white coats surrounded by decapitated children's dolls and slabs of raw meat proved too strong for record company Capitol, which ordered the cover withdrawn soon after the album's release. The record was rereleased with an...

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