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In Memoriam : Kishin Shinoyama (1940-2024)


We learned of the passing of Kishin Shinoyama. The Japanese photographer, who took one of the last pictures of John Lennon with Yoko Ono, died Jan. 4th, at the age of 83, notes the BBC. Shinoyama spent five days with the couple in 1980, and his photograph of them kissing was used on the cover of their album “Double Fantasy.” It was also one of the last photos of Lennon, taken three months before he was murdered outside his Manhattan apartment building on December 8th, 1980. “I think it was their happiest moment,” said the Tokyo-born Shinoyama, who was also noted for his nudes of women.

Back in 2017, we published some of his nudes at the occasion of his exhibition Three Masters of Erotic Photography at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York. Here they are again.

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