Photographs of John Lennon
St. Martin's Press
On Sale: March 4, 2008
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“There were times I was a bit reticent in taking
out my camera, like when some ‘old friends’ stopped by to
hang out. I didn’t want to intrude on these moments, but
John insisted. He felt that I captured him in ways that no
one else did because of his comfort level with me…For years,
only my closest friends got to see these photos—which were
literally tucked away in a shoebox in my closet. They were
surprised that these images did not convey the John that was
portrayed in the press during our time together. In fact,
they saw a side of John seldom seen.”—From INSTAMATIC
John Lennon is the most famously
photographed Beatle—everyone from Iain MacMillian to Annie
Lebowitz took iconic images of him—but there have never been
pictures of him like these taken by May Pang, Lennon’s
girlfriend from 1973 to 1975. In INSTAMATIC KARMA, they’re
collected for the first time. With very few exceptions,
these photos are that rare thing: never-before-seen images
of an icon. The photos here show Lennon in a variety of
settings: at work, at play, at home, and away. They show a
playful Lennon, a casual, unguarded Lennon; they’re the kind
of photos one lover takes of another. May has written rich
captions to accompany her photos--taken together, they tell
a simple story of the time May and Lennon spent together; a
time, according to legend, when Lennon was unhappy and
unproductive, estranged from his family and bandmates.
Pang’s photos clearly tell another story—they show Lennon
clowning around, working on his hit album “Walls and
Bridges”, embracing old friends and family, hanging out in
their apartment on Manhattan’s East 52nd Street, relaxing in
the country in upstate New York or spending peaceful days
swimming in the waters of Long Island.
photographs in INSTAMATIC KARMA are both color and black &
white, casual Polaroids and more composed shots. Each one is
an intimate glimpse into a fascinating time in John Lennon’s
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