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May 11, 2019

Janis Joplin Photographed by Francesco Scavullo, 1969

These photographs of Janis Joplin, with a cigarette in her hand, shot in 1969 by legendary American fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo.

“I had one fabulous afternoon with Janis Joplin,” Scavullo recalled. “She stayed the whole afternoon. I loved photographing Janis. I loved meeting her, and she was so different from what I thought she was going to be. She died a year later I think… She walked into the studio and I said, ‘Oh, hi Janis, I’m Scavullo.’ She looked at me and she said, ‘I’d love to f— you, only I got the clap.’ ”

Scavullo was best known for his magazine covers for Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bizarre, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan (for whom he famously shot actor Burt Reynolds for a nude centerfold.) His photographs graced album covers for Barbara Streisand, Judy Collins, Donna Summer and others.



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