Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of “Liverpool Days” Exhibition featuring Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler

by Chris Murray on June 24, 2019
Liverpool Kids, 1964. Photo by Astrid Kirchherr.

This month marks the 25th Anniversary of Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler’s first exhibition in the United States, Liverpool Days, at Govinda Gallery. The exhibition was also a launch for the limited edition book, Liverpool Days (Genesis Publications Ltd. 1994).

Liverpool Days cover and slip-case. Genesis Publications Ltd.

Astrid Kirchherr, was the photographer engaged to Beatles bass player and painter Stuart Sutcliffe at the time of his tragic death in Hamburg, and who remained good friends with the band after they became international “stars”. Max Scheler, a photo-journalist with a preference for covering major political and social events, turned to Astrid for help when given the Liverpool assignment by his editor in 1964.

The Beatles on the set of A Hard Day’s Night. Photo by Max Scheler.
“Liverpool Days” exhibition invitation from 1994 with inscription to Chris Murray, Director of Govinda Gallery, from Astrid Kirchherr.
Inscription to Chris Murray from Max Scheler in Chris’s copy of the book Liverpool Days.

It was my great pleasure to organize the first exhibition at Paul Alan’s Experience Music Project, Artist to Icon: Early Photos of Elvis, Dylan, and The Beatles, now named the Museum of Pop Culture. Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler’s photos were featured in that 2003 exhibition.

Fans at the Cavern Club. Photo by Max Scheler.
Chris Murray with Astrid Kirchherr in Hamburg. Photo by Kai-Uwe Franz.
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