Ethan Russell

Ethan Russell is a photographer who takes photos of musicians. He is also known as “the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.

Russell was born on November 26, 1945 in Mt. Kisco, NY. He attended college at University of California, Davis where he majored in Art and English. He was introduced to photography at Davis, but did not work professionally until he traveled to England in 1968.

In 1969. he was hired by Rolling Stones magazine to take professional photos. Later that year, he was invited by Neil Aspinall, a British music industry executive, to take photos of The Beatles for their “Let it Be” album artwork cover, as shown below:


Russell’s photographs ended up on the cover and gatefold of the LP, the last the Beatles released. Russell’s photographs show four men trying to rescue their fading musical marriage. Russell was among three photographers at the final formal photo session of the Beatles on August 22, 1969. This was held at Tittenhurst Park, a home then owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and later owned by Ringo Starr . Other photographers participating were Monte Fresco of the Daily Mirror, and Beatles’ assistant Mal Evans.

He also went on to photograph other musicians and bands, such as:

The Who

The Who


Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

and Audioslave.


Now, Russell is working on film as well as photography for musicians and bands.

For a full biography about Russell, click this link:

Check out his other works as well (you can purchase some of his works as well, but unless you have a fat wallet, I wouldn’t recommend it):

AUTHOR: Shane A. Smith


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