"I see a red door and…" aka “World’s 1st Photoset That Only Consists Of 1 Photo”

This is one of the few photo sets that only contains one single photograph, a very rare form. In this case the second image has to be created inside the viewer’s mind. Saying and repeating the words “Red Door”, “Beatles”, or “Stones” like a Mantra helps improving the “imagination skill level.”

© Jean-Marie Perier, 1964, The Beatles, The Red Door
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© Tom Zimberoff, 1974, Portrait of John Lennon

Happy Birthday John Lennon, may your soul rest in what should’ve been given a chance!

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” (John Lennon)

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“avant-garde is french for ‘bullshit’.”

© John Loengard, 1964, The Beatles, Miami Beach, Florida

"Somebody said to me, ‘But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.’ That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, ‘Now, let’s write a swimming pool.’” (Paul McCartney)

John Loengard tells the story of this famous photograph in his book 'As I See It':
"Four high school kids, the kind with fuzzy chins, on their first trip to America, arrived in Florida during a cold snap. We could not find a heated pool that could be closed off from the rest of the press, so we settled for one that was not. The kids’ manager told them the cover of LIFE magazine was important and to get in the water. They did. I asked them to sing. They sang, each in his own way. They started turning blue. I said that was it. If the pool had been heated, I’d have a longer story to tell."

This image appeared in LIFE magazine: February 28, 1964. (+)

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© Iain Stewart Macmillan, Aug. 8, 1969, Outtake of Abbey Road photo shoot

Macmillan used a photo of Yoko Ono in a book he published in 1966 and was invited by Yoko to photograph her exhibit at Indica Gallery. She then introduced him to John Lennon who asked him to be the photographer for the cover of Abbey Road in 1969.

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© Stephen Sammons, June 1969, "Bed In" for peace at Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal

(left to right: An unknown friend, Tom Smothers, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Rosemary Leary, Timothy Leary)

“It was a very interesting, cool sort of scene,” Sammons recalls. Lennon and Ono occupied a suite of rooms at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel and dozens of friends, journalists and other hangers-on—including Timothy Leary and comedian Tommy Smothers— dropped by throughout the day to visit. Sammons stayed all day long and says he doesn’t remember seeing Lennon or Ono ever get out of bed. “And then sometime in the afternoon, Lennon started writing this song,” he says. “He scribbled down the song lyrics and then started playing the tune.”

The song was Give Peace a Chance.Lennon reportedly wrote it in 15 minutes, or as journalist Dave Patrick put it in a 1969 article for Canada’s Weekend magazine, “just slightly less than the time it takes you or me to write out the grocery list.” He wanted to record song right then and there, so he wrote out the lyrics on large pieces of posters and asked his manager, Derek Taylor, to scrounge up some recording equipment. (read more)

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