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Astrid Kirchherr
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Astrid Kirchherr during the exhibition of her photographs on November 15, 2012 in Kyiv (Ukraine).
Born (1938-05-20)20 May 1938
Died 13 May 2020(2020-05-13) (aged 81)
Occupation Photographer, artist
Years active 1959−2020
Spouse(s) Engaged to Stuart Sutcliffe, and twice divorced
Parent(s) Nielsa Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr (20 May 1938 – 13 May 2020) was a German photographer and artist known for her association with the Beatles (along with her friends Klaus Voormann and Jürgen Vollmer), and her photographs of the band's original members – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best – during their early days in Hamburg.

Kirchherr met artist Sutcliffe in the Kaiserkeller bar in Hamburg in 1960, where he was playing bass with the Beatles, and was later engaged to him, before his death in 1962. Although Kirchherr shot very few photographs after 1967, her early work has been exhibited in Hamburg, Bremen, London, Liverpool, New York City, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Vienna and at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. She published three limited-edition books of photographs.

Kirchherr died on 12 May 2020 in Hamburg, following "a short, serious illness" and was 8 days short of her 82nd birthday. News of her death was first announced by Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn via Twitter. He praised her involvement with the band as "immeasurable" , and credited her as an "intelligent, inspirational, innovative, daring, artistic, awake, aware, beautiful, smart, loving and uplifting friend to many".

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