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John Lennon (1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles

Sitter in 55 portraits
Born in Liverpool, John Lennon was a singer, songwriter, artist and member of the Beatles. Lennon married Cynthia Powell in August 1962 and later married Yoko Ono who he met at the Indica Gallery in London. In 1970, the Beatles split and Lennon embarked on a solo career. Although his first solo album Imagine and the song with the same name, reflected many of his personal and idealistic dreams for the world, it became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album of his career. On 8 December 1980, he became a victim of an assassination by a crazed fan. He died on the doorstep of The Dakota building in New York, aged forty.

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P1691

The Beatles (George Harrison; Stuart Sutcliffe; John Lennon)

by Astrid Kirchherr
gelatin silver print, 1960
NPG P1691

P1692

The Beatles (George Harrison; John Lennon)

by Astrid Kirchherr
gelatin silver print, 1962
NPG P1692

x194205

Harold Wilson with 'The Beatlles'

by Central Press
vintage print, 19 March 1964
NPG x194205

x128573

John Lennon

by Harry Goodwin
resin print from original negative, 10 April 1965
NPG x128573

x137678

The Beatles with Richard Lester

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 12 April 1965
NPG x137678

x128616

The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

by Philip Townsend
bromide fibre print, 31 August 1967
NPG x128616

x131955

Yoko Ono; John Lennon

by Tom Blau
modern bromide print from an original negative, November 1969
NPG x131955

x131956

Yoko Ono; John Lennon

by Tom Blau
modern bromide print from an original negative, November 1969
NPG x131956

x131957

Yoko Ono; John Lennon

by Tom Blau
modern bromide print from an original negative, November 1969
NPG x131957

x125842

John Lennon

by Harry Goodwin
C-type colour print, February 1970
NPG x125842

x68800

Yoko Ono; John Lennon

by Herb Schmitz
bromide fibre print, early 1970s
NPG x68800

x24810

John Lennon

by Tom Zimberoff
selenium-toned bromide print, 1974
NPG x24810

x138258

John Lennon

by Rowland Scherman
archival inkjet print, 1975
NPG x138258

D17947(122)

Yoko Ono; John Lennon

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, 1969
NPG D17947(122)

D17947(123)

John Lennon

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, 1969
NPG D17947(123)

P732

The Lennon Family

by Robert Whitaker
cibachrome print, May 1965
NPG P732

P734

John Lennon

by Robert Whitaker
cibachrome print, 1965
NPG P734

P575

John Lennon

by Linda McCartney
platinum print, 1968
NPG P575

P627

John Lennon

by Annie Leibovitz
bromide print, 1970
NPG P627

P628

Yoko Ono; John Lennon

by Annie Leibovitz
C-type colour print, 1980
NPG P628

x88777

The Beatles (Pete Best; George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney)

by (Peter) Michael ('Mike') McCartney (McGear)
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88777

x88780

Paul McCartney; John Lennon

by (Peter) Michael ('Mike') McCartney (McGear)
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88780

x88785

John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Pete Best; George Harrison

by (Peter) Michael ('Mike') McCartney (McGear)
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88785

x128566

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; George Harrison; Paul McCartney; John Lennon)

by Fiona Adams
modern bromide fibre print from digital file, April 1963
NPG x128566

x128567

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; George Harrison; Paul McCartney; John Lennon)

by Fiona Adams
modern bromide fibre contact sheet from digital file, 1963
NPG x128567

x135759

Norman Parkinson photographing The Beatles with George Martin

by David Searle
modern matte bromide print, 12 September 1963
NPG x135759

x128617

The Beatles (George Harrison; John Lennon; Ringo Starr)

by David Redfern
bromide print, 3 October 1964
NPG x128617

x128568

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; John Lennon; George Harrison; Paul McCartney)

by Robert Whitaker
modern bromide fibre print from digital file, 1965
NPG x128568

x128609

The Beatles (John Lennon; George Harrison; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr)

by Jim Marshall
bromide fibre print, 29 August 1966
NPG x128609

x128735

The Beatles (Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison; John Lennon)

by Linda McCartney
bromide fibre print, 19 May 1967
NPG x128735

x128869

John Lennon; Ringo Starr

by Frank Herrmann
bromide fibre print, 30 March 1967
NPG x128869

x128730

John Lennon

by Linda McCartney
bromide fibre print, 1968
NPG x128730

x128734

John Lennon; Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
bromide fibre print, 1968
NPG x128734