A beautifully done portrait that stopped me in my tracks and made me meditate on youth culture, the generations, my generation, music, image, attitude, and aging and the passage of time.
Paul Heartfield is a photographer and former magazine publisher based in Bloomsbury in central London, mainly known for portraits of musicians and politicians.
Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. is now 60 and a U.S. citizen.
I don't know much about Paul H., but I'd think if a person could make a decent living photographing and also do a portrait as great as this one once a year or so, that would be a good thing to be doing with a career.
(Thanks to davesailer and Dave Stewart)
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Kenneth Wajda: "I like this. It's interesting though if that were Johnny Not-So-Bad, we wouldn't even look at it because he's not well known. It's the known factor, the ability to recognize something in a scene that makes it have extra value. So celebrity photographs are always more interesting than non-celebrity photographs. Or at least they get more traction. If you see a picture of a fat old man in a black suit you may not share it but if you see Alfred Hitchcock, you immediately recognize and relate to the photo. I guess it's the old 'If your photos aren't interesting enough, find more interesting subjects.'"