awesome belt on and Hopper fl aunts a deerskin coat and
a cool headband. After seeing the Easy Rider photo,
Susan told me about taking photos of John Lennon
and Yoko Ono. She went on to tell us about when
she fi rst met them, and how they wanted to get
some shots of the two of them during that time,
but Yoko was with child and they weren’t able
to get the shoot: Another meeting was promised.
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On the day they met again, Susan felt like
the time still wasn’t right, and she asked John
if they could try it again a bit later in the day.
She explained she was meeting with a friend
who was in the area just for the day, and they
were to go shopping. John said, “Hold on a
moment,” then went to talk to Yoko. She was
more than a little surprised when, upon his
return, John said to Susan, “Can we go
shopping with you?” They got into a white Rolls
Royce and went shopping.
Susan got several great shots that day, and in the
days that followed. If you go to susanwood.com you
can see several pieces of her work from the time she got
to spend with John and Yoko. I also encourage you to look
at her website and listen to the interview with Susan, where
she talks about the experience of meeting them and a few
other amazing people.
Another story she vividly remembers is of a shoot in 1962 with John Wayne, a baby elephant
and a young girl. I asked her what it was like to meet John Wayne; she told me she spent six
months in Africa on a movie set with him, and the little girl was his daughter. I believe it was on
the movie set for the 1962 fi lm “Hatari “shot in Tanzania.
As we continued talking, I discovered that she has several shots in national publications such
as Vogue, Look, People and The New York Times, just to name a few. Mademoiselle named her
as one of their “10 Women Of The Year” in 1961. Her pedigree is truly impressive.