yoko ono & john lennon

The last photo of Yoko Ono & John Lennon, made by Annie Leibowitz for the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine on December 8th, 1980, several hours before Lennon was murdered.

“On December 8, 1980, Leibovitz had a photo shoot with John Lennon for Rolling Stone, promising him he would make the cover. After she had initially tried to get a picture with just Lennon alone, which is what Rolling Stone wanted, Lennon insisted that both he and Yoko Ono be on the cover. Leibovitz then tried to re-create something like the making out scene from the Double Fantasy album cover, a picture that she loved. She had John remove his clothes and curl up next to Yoko. Liebovitz 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.”

Yoko Ono and John Lennon

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By Annie Leibowitz

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