To take a picture of John Lennon a few hours before he will die, do you think it is a good reason?
8 December 1980 inÂ New York City, this is Leibovitz’s most famous portrait.Â Hours after this photo was taken, John Lennon was murdered outside of his apartment building. Lennon liked the picture: “That’s us,” he toldÂ to AnnieÂ when he looked at the Polaroid, “That’s our relationship.”
A month later this was the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. And in 2005Â the iconic image has been ranked The Best Magazine Cover of the past 40 years by The American Society of Magazine Editors.Â
This is a great image, very original and beautiful made. But, obviously, it is a legendary pictureÂ more because itÂ was the last picture, a fewÂ hours before a tragic death, of a worldwide well known superstar. It is strange and unfair in a way.