Color me shocked to discover that the photographer who has captured some of the most recognizable images of John Lennon in existence is an East Ender. That’s right. Susan Wood, who lives in Amagansett, is the lenswoman responsible for capturing that famous bathtub photo of the Beatle and his bride, Yoko Ono, as well as dozens of others.
I was fortunate enough to attend the opening reception for “Right On! The Lennon Years, Photographs by Susan Wood 1968 – 1978” at Mulford Farm in East Hampton on Saturday night. And, bonus, I got to meet Ms. Wood in the flesh. How amazing is that!
Wood is a founding member of the Women’s Forum. Her iconic photos have appeared in Vogue, Life, Look, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and New York Magazine.
Hosted by the East Hampton Historical Society, among the guests at the reception were HIFF Director Anne Chaisson; actress Celia Weston; authors Shiela Kohler, Jeffrey Banks and Doria DeLachapelle; Jeannie and David Stiles; artists Paul Davis, Blair Seagram, Annie Plumb and Nina Gillman; EHHS Director Richard Barons and his wife, Roseanne; Peter Olsen, Mary Busch, Elena Prohaska Glinn, Susan Silver and Judy Twersky. The exhibit, curated by Deirdre Brennan, also includes images of Dennis Hopper, Karen Black, Cheryl Tiegs, Janice Dickinson, Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper, Diane von Furstenberg, Ted Kennedy, Christie Brinkley, Ralph Lauren, Susan Sontag, and more. The collection will remain on view on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through October 18. Learn more at http://www.easthamptonhistory.org and http://www.susanwood.com.