Iconic Rock Photo: Yoko Ono and John Lennon by Annie Leibovitz

Iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz took this amazing shot in 1980.

Her career began in 1973 as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, which was just the beginning of a career that has captured some of people’s most intense and intimate moments.

She is known for her imaginative staging and bold use of color, but her black and white shots are equally impressive in my mind.

About the John Lennon/Yoko Ono picture from Wikipedia:

She had initially tried to get a picture with just Lennon alone, which is what Rolling Stone wanted, but Lennon insisted that both he and Yoko Ono be on the cover. Leibovitz then tried to re-create something like the kissing scene from the Double Fantasy album cover, a picture that she loved. She had John remove his clothes and curl up next to Yoko. Leibovitz recalls, “What is interesting is she said she’d take her top off and I said, ‘Leave everything on’ — not really preconceiving the picture at all. Then he curled up next to her and it was very, very strong. You couldn’t help but feel that he was cold and he looked like he was clinging on to her. I think it was amazing to look at the first Polaroid and they were both very excited. John said, ‘You’ve captured our relationship exactly. Promise me it’ll be on the cover.’ I looked him in the eye and we shook on it.”  Leibovitz was the last person to professionally photograph Lennon—he was shot and killed five hours later.

– Hallgeir

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