David Corio

John Lydon

Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, UK
(November 26, 1983)

This is John Lydon at a photo call to advertise a Public Image Ltd tour. The Fleet Street papparazzi were out in force, everyone in front of John trying to get his attention with shouts of ‘Oi Johnny’ or ‘Johnny Rotten this way mate’. As usual John was not reponding. He always appeared to despise the press. I thought a shot of him with the press photographers as a backdrop would be interesting so I moved behind him. I wondered how his mum might call him when he was a child . In a rare moment of inspiration I piped up in a high pitched voice ‘Oh Jonathan!’ and he looked round immediately. I grabbed this shot.

John Lydon