Annie Leibovitz Captured John Lennon’s Final Photograph

by MCS Intern

By Amy Lusignan

Annie Leibovitz, an Northwood High School alumna, is known for her title as a Living Legend for her provocative photographs. One notable portrait is of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, hours before he was fatally shot on December 8, 1980.

Leibovitz was photographing for Rolling Stones Magazine with Lennon when she shot the iconic image of Lennon curled up against Ono. The image captured not only a tender scene between famous lovers, but one of the last moments of Lennon’s life. She was the last photographer to capture the legendary musician.

Rolling Stone published the polaroid on the cover of its January 1981 issue. Decades later Leibovitz’s photo still perfectly documents Lennon and Ono’s relationship, five hours before Lennon’s tragic death.

Photo courtesy of The Guardian


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