Annie Leibovitz Revisits Her Famous Photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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CANNES, France—Annie Leibovitz spoke about her Disney ads here at the Cannes Lions festival on Tuesday morning. In the afternoon, she stopped by the press room inside the Palais des Festivals and spoke with reporters about her craft.

She was asked about her famous photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono—the one that she took on Dec. 8, 1980, just hours before Lennon was murdered outside the Dakota building in New York City. Here is how she described it:

"I sometimes think of that photograph as 10 years in the making.



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