Photographer Tom Murray calls for statue of iconic image on 50th anniversary of Beatles photoshoot
An iconic image taken by a Bury St Edmunds photographer could be turned into a life-sized bronze statue at a London landmark, 50 years after it was taken.
On Saturday Tom Murray was at Old Street marking the anniversary of his ‘Mad Day Out’ photo shoot with the Beatles, on July 28 1968, and winning support for his statue bid alongside sculptor Andy Edwards.
Old Street roundabout is to be removed and public space created in a major redevelopment which Tom, 74, hopes could include a statue of his photograph of Paul McCartney pretending to fall off a plinth at the site.
Sculptor Andy, who also crafted 8ft bronze statues of The Beatles at Liverpool’s waterfront, has produced a miniature of the design, which he took along on Saturday.
Tom, who still has the same camera he used on the July 28, 1968, photo shoot, said: “We think this could be huge for the Old Street area.
“I never thought, 50 years ago, that I would end up travelling the world as a result of those photos, or that they would raise so much money – £9 million – for charity or form a book.”
On Saturday, Tom met fans and signed copies of his book The Mad Day Out, which includes the picture that inspired the sculpture. If the statues is included in the redevelopment, he and Andy aim to raise sponsorship and crowd-funding for its estimated £250,000 cost.
The pictures taken on July 28, 1968, were the last photographs of the Fab Four together.