Photo Farewells: The Last Known Photographs Of 15 Icons

If one holds stock in cliches, then it is true that pictures are worth a thousand words. But when said picture is someone’s last known photograph, that proposed value increases immensely. Naturally, our fascination with celebrity icons and the culture they reflect and create extends to their final images caught on film. Some may consider seeking these photos out to be a morbid pastime, others would see it as a remembrance, but these sorts of photos undoubtedly serve as a reminder of our own mortality; that even the best and brightest of us are not immune to the inevitable. We may try to see some telling truth in their eyes, some lesson to take from their lives.

Below are the final known photographs of several celebrities and well-known figures whose time ran out too soon, whose demons led to unspeakable tragedy, and whose reign of terror ended before they had the opportunity to unleash any more cruelty onto the world.

Last Known Photographs: John Lennon

The final photograph of John Lennon captures the former Beatles front-man signing an autograph for his soon to be killer, Mark David Chapman. Chapman, also pictured, would return to the musician’s apartment a few hours later and shoot him several times as Lennon returned home with wife Yoko Ono.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Last Known Photographs Hoffman

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Moscow, The 1957 Host Of The World Festival Of Youth And Students

World Festival Youth And Students 1957 Moscow

Organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth and the International Union of Students, the sixth festival held in Moscow drew the highest number of attendees–34,000 people from 130 countries–ever.

This was the first time the Soviet Union had opened its doors to such an event, and that was only made possible due to what is now known as Nikki Khrushchev’s “Thaw”, a period when he began to permit foreigners to visit and interact (albeit while supervised) with natives.

Music and musicians from all around the world congregated here, and would do so relatively frequently in Socialist countries, seeing as massive amounts of expenditures were needed to successfully carry out youth festivals of this size. Interestingly enough–and perhaps one of the more subtle, lingering reasons why some conservatives dislike festivals today–by the 1960s the US State Department had accused these festivals of being a tool of radical politics and Communist propaganda. Open dialogue, it seems, is a bad thing.

John Dillinger: The Making Of A Rock Star Bank Robber

John Dillinger Smirk

Evolution of Dillinger’s trademark smirk: Dillinger as a teen with his father on the left, and on the right in what is perhaps his most famous mug shot Sources: Wikipedia and Blogspot

July 22 was the 80th anniversary of John Dillinger’s violent death. During the Great Depression, due to his many bank robberies and escapes from prison, he became the burgeoning FBI’s Public Enemy #1.

Dillinger entered the crime world early on in his life. To impress a girl on a date, a young John Dillinger stole a car. When he was caught and the policeman didn’t believe his vague answers, Dillinger ran. Knowing it wouldn’t be safe to return home, he joined the Navy. Being an outlaw at heart–he soon went AWOL for good.

John Dillinger Navy

John Dillinger, far left, with some Navy buddies Source: Google

That didn’t last too long, though. Dillinger deserted the vessel some months after joining, and was eventually dishonorably discharged from the Navy. He then went back home to Mooresville, Indiana, where he then met a sixteen-year-old girl named Beryl Hovious. He married her in April 1924.

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