As a young photographer, Russell lucked into an assignment for John Lennon and Yoko Ono and would shoot the band’s final photo.
When a young Ethan Russell saw Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 iconic film “Blow-Up,” he decided he wanted to be a photographer.
After his father bought him a camera, Russell began exploring the rock scene in his hometown of San Francisco before decamping for London. He didn’t discover the swinging scene he’d hoped to find there but after a long dry spell, he lucked into an assignment: Photographing John Lennon and Yoko Ono. His pictures captured their love for each other and soon after, Russell was in the studio, snapping pictures of the Beatles as they recorded the album that became “Let It Be.”