Many have seen the Annie Liebowitz portrait of John Lennon
and Yoko Ono for the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine that was published on
this day in 1981. It featured a naked John Lennon curled up in a fetal embrace
of a fully clothed Yoko Ono. However, many are unaware that this photo was
taken on December 8, 1980 – just twelve hours before Lennon was shot to death.
Liebowitz was given instructions from the editor of the time to get some
pictures without Yoko, but when she arrived at the Lennon’s home, he told her
that he wanted the pictures to include Yoko. While not happy with this
arrangement, Liebowitz went along with the request and it turns out this
portrait is one of her most famous.