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On December 8, 1980, Annie Leibovitz had a photo shoot with John Lennon for Rolling Stone, promising him that he would make the cover. 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 she 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. Wikipedia


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  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosalmost 3 years ago

    Love this!

  • Thank you John! Appreciate your comment, as always ♥

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  • shadowlea
    shadowleaalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful work

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    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago


  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago

    brilliant work!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Charmiene! I appreciate your comments ♥

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  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely work..

  • SuddenJim
    SuddenJimalmost 3 years ago

    love the original and adore this version, exceptional creation carla

  • Thank you Jim! This was a explosive time in my life…I guess he was my “Elvis” or “Michael”, I consumed myself in his story. Annie Leibovitz has always been one of my favorite photographers! I used to but Rolling Stone just for the images! It was my “Playboy”! LOL!!

    – leapdaybride

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Wojciech Dabrowski
    Wojciech Dabro...almost 2 years ago

    Brilliant work my friend…. please check out my new 2013 American Southwest Calendar

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