How to get world exclusive photos of the Beatles

Imagine it is the 1960s and you are Joana Biarnés, a woman photojournalist passionate about your work, but it is a man’s world and you are not taken seriously. So no newspaper director is considering to offer you a contract, although they say they appreciate your work. Like Emilio Romero of the mythical daily Pueblo, one of the leading publications of the Franco era.


But she is a fighter and is aiming high. When in July 1965 the Beatles visit Madrid and Barcelona for a short tour, she grabs this opportunity to prove all the directors wrong. The Beatlemania is at its very peak, also in Spain, and photos of the band are in great demand. The musicians had announced they only want to do a press conference in Madrid and no photo session afterwards.

Joana’s father has always encouraged her to try to capture the photo of all photos, that one photo to stand out from the crowd. This standard press conference obviously does not yield unique pictures and she has to resort to another scheme. Thanks to her good relationship with the PR man of Iberia she gets a seat in the plane that transports the Beatles to Barcelona. Once inside she sets up her gear in the toilet and takes a series of pictures through the crack of the half-opened folding door where she is caught red-handed. Below you see some of the photos.

And then…

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