John Lennon

To many people, John was the only Beatle that had anything to say. His relationship with Yoko Ono was often blamed for the breakup of the group. Tragically he was killed in New York City in 1980 by a fan to whom he'd given an autograph earlier that day. Mark David Chapman shot him five times with a 38-caliber revolver.

I photographed John and Yoko during both days of the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus. During the press call, Mick had all the costumed performers line up for pictures. I stood on the side with John focused in my Nikon FTn, and, as I waited, he turned and looked directly into my lens.