New York Times Photo Editor Lonnie Schlein and photographer Jack Mitchell tell the story of photographing John Lennon and Yoko Ono on November 2, 1980 - the first time in five years that Lennon had been photographed professionally.
Tragically, just weeks later Lennon was murdered. Within hours Mitchell was inundated with picture requests.
His photos from the session ran worldwide and his color photograph on the cover of People magazine's memorial issue was the top seller of that magazine until their 1997 Princess Diana memorial issue.
This excerpt is from my feature-length 2006 documentary on Jack's life and work, "Jack Mitchell: My Life is Black and White", available on DVD.