From: http://www.milesago.com/People/Whitaker-robert.htm ~
Robert was running a freelance penthouse photo studio in Flinders Street, Melbourne when he had his fateful meeting with The Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein, during their 1964 Australian tour. His meeting came about more or less by accident, when he accompanied a journalist friend to an interview with Brian Epstein for an article for the Jewish News. The picture was published with the article, which led to his meeting with Epstein and his first shots of the Beatles -- pictures of Paul McCartney and George Harrison each holding up boomerangs presented to them by their Australian fans.
Robert Whitaker: "I photographed Epstein, saw he was a bit of a peacock and a cavalier, and put peacock feathers around his head in photographic relief. He was knocked out when he saw the picture. After that, he saw an exhibition of collages I had at the Museum of Modern Art and immediately offered me the position of staff photographer at NEMS, photographing all his artists. I initially turned it down, but after seeing The Beatles perform at Festival Hall I was overwhelmed by all the screaming fans and I decided to accept the offer to return to England."From http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/11/28/1038386241516.html ~
As the Beatles' official photographer, Whitaker had unparalleled access to the band at work and at play. That access came courtesy of a chance meeting in Melbourne with Brian Epstein, whom Whitaker impressed with a portrait of the Beatles' manager, around whose face he superimposed peacock feathers."
The Beatles liked the shot because they thought I was taking the piss* out of Mr Epstein, which I was," Whitaker smiles.
I LOVE THAT LAST QUOTE
Ooops, sorry Eppy!
According to english2american.com:
taking the piss n. This is the most common term we have in British English to describe making fun of someone, e.g. "Andy fell down the stairs on the way into the pub last night, and everyone spent the entire night taking the piss out of him".*According to this entry in Wikipedia:
Contrary to what one might assume, it doesn't involve a complex system of tubes or a bicycle pump.
"Take the piss" may be a reference to a related (and dated) idiomatic expression, piss-proud. This is a vulgar pun referring to the morning erections men frequently experience, which have long been popularly attributed to arising from a full bladder, and thus could be considered a "false" erection. In a metaphoric sense, then, someone who is "piss-proud" would suffer from false pride, and taking the piss out of them refers to deflating this false pride...