John Lennon and Yoko Ono
© Annie Leibovitz/ Contact Press Images, courtesy of the Artist

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono 1980
In this comparatively simple portrait, Leibovitz relies on intimacy for effect. Her aim was to immortalise John and Yoko's deep love for one another. But within hours of taking this photograph John Lennon was shot dead. Distributed around the world as a 'Rolling Stone' magazine cover, the photograph was instantly transformed. It became a memorial to Lennon and a symbol of the vulnerability of human passion.


  • Acc. No. PGP 158.5
  • Medium Colour photograph
  • Size 30.50 x 31.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by the photographer 1996