An original photograph by Ron Reid of John Lennon on a demonstration march in central London, August 11th, 1971, in support of Oz magazine (and in protest against the use of British troops in Northern Ireland). John LENNON.
An original photograph by Ron Reid of John Lennon on a demonstration march in central London, August 11th, 1971, in support of Oz magazine (and in protest against the use of British troops in Northern Ireland).
An original photograph by Ron Reid of John Lennon on a demonstration march in central London, August 11th, 1971, in support of Oz magazine (and in protest against the use of British troops in Northern Ireland).

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An original photograph by Ron Reid of John Lennon on a demonstration march in central London, August 11th, 1971, in support of Oz magazine (and in protest against the use of British troops in Northern Ireland).

29x22.3cm. SIGNED and inscribed by the photographer on the verso to former Oz art director, Richard Adams (Reid, who gave the print to Adams sometime in the late 1970s, has mis-captioned the year as 1972).


The image, published in Ink #23 and elsewhere, shows Lennon holding a megaphone and looking into the camera, with demonstrators in the background (many of whom chanted 'Power to the People!' as they marched, a song recently written by Lennon in response to an interview he gave to Red Mole and, he later stated, "as something for the people to sing").


Ron Reid was an Australian photographer who moved to England in 1966 and documented the burgeoning alternative society, including this rare instance of John Lennon joining young radicals on the street. Roger Aldridge, writing in The Guardian (August 12th, 1971), noted that "the great all-purpose demonstration… involved more than 300 foot police, dozens of black marias, at least six police buses, a full wail of motorcycles, several mounted police - and a cast of 500 revolutionaries", and that "John and Yoko were there. They joined the parade early in Oxford Street, but dropped out for a few minutes while John put on a pair of yellow socks. His tooled leather cowboy boots were beginning to hurt."


Print slightly grainy; very slight wear at upper edge, o/w Very Good plus. Provenance: Richard Adams.

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