Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr dead at 81

There was something in the way she took pictures.

Tributes poured in this week for the late German photographer Astrid Kirchherr who shot some of the earliest images of the Beatles, helping shape their iconic visual look.

“God bless Astrid a beautiful being and she took great photos,” Ringo Starr tweeted Friday.

Kirchherr died Wednesday in Hamburg after a short illness just days before her 82nd birthday, Deutsche Welle reported.

Olivia Harrison, George Harrison’s widow, tweeted that Kirchherr was “so thoughtful and kind and talented, with an eye to capture the soul.”

“Her gift to the Beatles was immeasurable,” Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn said.

Kirchherr was a photographer’s assistant in 1960 when she met the original Beatles in Hamburg. The band had five members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best.

“It was like a merry-go-round in my head, they looked absolutely astonishing,” Kirchherr told Beatles biographer Bob Spitz. “My whole life changed in a couple of minutes. All I wanted was to be with them and to know them.”

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