John Lennon by Tom Hanley

30 years after John Lennon’s untimely death in 1980, Proud Chelsea presents Imagine, an intimate photographic portrait of Lennon by celebrated music photographer, Tom Hanley.

One of the most recognisable faces in the world, even now, John Lennon is one of the most celebrated musical icons of the last century, his songs still endlessly popular. Hanley’s relationship with Lennon began in the early 1960s as he started to work with the Beatles. Given unrestricted access to the superstar group, Hanley was able to capture the more intimate moments behind closed doors while ‘Beatlemania’ gripped the world and for some time after, as he built relationships with the band members.

His portraits of Lennon are particularly striking and they reveal a softer side to the musical genius. The collection includes portraits of Lennon at his piano working on ‘Imagine’, widely considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time; and relaxing at home with his wife, Yoko Ono. A collection that includes never before seen images and comprises vintage prints, this exhibition is a poignant and touching memorial to John Lennon 30 years after his death.

24th November to 16th January 2011 at Proud Chelsea.
161 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5XP. T: 44 (0) 20 7349 0822.
Opening times: Monday to Wednesday: 10am – 7pm, Thursday: 10am – 8pm, Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm. Sunday: 10am – 7pm.
Entrance Free.