Ethan Russell is the only photographer to shoot album covers for The Who, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones; his iconic photographers have captured some of the most unforgettable and intimate moments in music history. Toronto's own rock photography ground zero, Analogue Gallery, is currently celebrating Ethan Russell's work -- and its inclusion in the gallery -- with a special exhibit.

In honour of Russell's legendary music photography work, we've compiled a slideshow featuring some of his most prominent photographs, from John & Yoko and Jim Morrison to The Rolling Stones and The Who. These indelible images are accompanied by Russell's riveting stories of how they came to be -- although these photographs really do speak for themselves (at least a thousand words, anyway).

In fact, they inspired us to dig into our archive and so we've added afterward even more amazing music photos from throughout the past half-century or so.

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  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono by Ethan Russell, Weybridge England, 1968 ("Falling In Love" series)

    “I showed up at the house and it seemed like nobody was there. The door was unlocked, so I just walked in. Yoko eventually came downstairs. They had only been together about eight months at this point. They put on black capes, which is certainly not something I would have ever told them to do. In this photo, I love that they’re basically one item in black. It’s a nice little moment, and not a picture that’s been seen a whole lot.” -Ethan Russell, photographer

  • The Who by Ethan Russell, 1971

    Backstage. Photographed for the back of "Who’s Next".

  • The Rolling Stones by Ethan Russell, England, 1969

    The Rolling Stones “Through The Past Darkly,” album cover that didn’t make the final cut, but certainly makes for an epic photo.

  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono by Ethan Russell, Weybridge England, 1968

    John Lennon serenades Yoko Ono. (From the “Falling in Love” series.)

  • The Who by Ethan Russell, Rehearsals for the Quadrophenia tour, England, 1973

    “What I remember most from this is that Pete and Roger were having a fight about the mirrors that you see behind them,” says [Ethan] Russell. “Pete’s idea was they were going to project some filmed footage onto them. It was sort of avant-garde and maybe smart. Roger said, ‘People come to see us, right? It should just be us against a black background.’ The reality is they were both right.”

  • The Who by Ethan Russell, "Who's Next" album cover, England, 1970

    “We’re driving along and I see these shapes out of the corner of my eye. At that moment Pete asked if I had any ideas. I don’t know why he asked at that moment, but I told him there were these shapes back there. Everybody turns around and we walk out onto this slag. I look up after a minute and Pete’s pissed on it. I started taking pictures. The others couldn’t piss, so we filled old cans with water and dumped it on the thing. I took maybe 14 pictures. Today, I’d take about 400. It was nothing like today. No art directors. No stylists. No nothing. It was off to the record company in two days.” -Ethan Russell, photographer

  • John Lennon by Ethan Russell, Weybridge England, 1968

    "Sometimes I am asked who was my favorite artist; my answer is John Lennon. That is partly because I felt, of all of them, he didn’t lose his attention to our common humanity as the central focus." -Ethan Russell, photographer.

  • Jim Morrison by Ethan Russell, 1969

    Jim Morrison at Press Reception prior to The Doors’ appearance at London’s Roundhouse.

  • Keith Richards by Ethan Russell, 1972 US Tour

    “Much changed from 1969 to 1972. Now the Stones had a logo and a plane. Security was vastly heightened, and they travelled everywhere in limousines. You can feel the armour.” -Ethan Russell, photographer

  • The Rolling Stones by Ethan Russell, 1972

    Keith Richards with Jack and Coors, 1972.

  • RARE BEATLES PHOTOS

  • Rare Beatles Photos

  • Rare Beatles Photos

    (2nd left - right) George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney during The Beatles first tour of the United States (1964).

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    Paul McCartney during The Beatles first tour of the United States.

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    John Lennon during The Beatles first tour of the United States.

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    George Harrison (left) and Ringo Starr during The Beatles first tour of the United States.

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    The Beatles performing during their first tour of the United States

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    Ringo Starr during The Beatles first tour of the United States (1964).

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    John Lennon during The Beatles first tour of the United States in 1964

  • Rare Beatles Photos

    The Beatles during their first tour of the United States (1964).

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    George Harrison (left) and John Lennon performing during The Beatles first tour of the USA in 1964.

  • Rare Beatles Photos

    George Harrison during The Beatles first tour of the United States in 1964.

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    Paul McCartney (left) and John Lennon performing on stage during The Beatles first tour of the United States in 1964.

  • Rare Beatles Photos

    Paul McCartney during The Beatles first tour of the United States.

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    Paul McCartney during The Beatles first tour of the United States (1964).

  • Rare Beatles Photos

    Paul McCartney during The Beatles first tour of the United States (1964).

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    Paul McCartney (left) and George Harrison during The Beatles first tour of the United States in 1964.

  • Rare Beatles Photos

    Ringo Starr during The Beatles first tour of the United States in 1964.

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    John Lennon during The Beatles first tour of the United States in 1964.

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    Auctioneer Paul Fairweather holds four colour transparencies of The Beatles taken during their first tour of the USA in 1964.

  • Icons: Old And New

  • Madonna

    Madonna by Richard Corman

  • Bob Marley

    Bob Marley by Ian Dickson

  • Debbie Harry

    Debbie Harry by Martyn Goddard

  • David Bowie

    David Bowie by Andrew Kent

  • Notorious B.I.G.

    Notorious B.I.G. by Chi Modu

  • Remembering Joey Ramone Thorough Photos

  • Joey Ramone By Ian Dickson, Liverpool, United Kingdom, May 1977.

  • Joey Ramone by Deborah Feingold, New York City, 1983.

  • Joey Ramone by GODLIS, CBGB, New York City, 1977

  • Joey Ramone by GODLIS, St. Mark's Place, New York City, 1981.

  • Joey Ramone by Alice Wheeler, Omaha, Nebraska, 1978.

  • Joey Ramone by Deborah Feingold, New York City, 1983.

  • Who Shot Rock & Roll?

  • Tupac Shakur, August 1993 Gelatin silver print 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) <strong>Courtesy of Danny Clinch</strong>

  • Tina Turner, Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, 1985 (printed 2009) Chromogenic print 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm) <strong>Henry Diltz/Morrison Hotel Gallery © Henry Diltz</strong>

  • Frank Zappa, "Himself", 1967 (printed 2009) Chromogenic print 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm) <strong>Courtesy of Jerry Schatzberg</strong>

  • Amy Winehouse, Miami, May 18, 2007 (printed 2009) Gelatin silver print 24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm) <strong>© Max Vadukul</strong>

  • L.L. Cool J, 1992 (printed 2009) Inkjet print Approx.: 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm) <strong>Private Collection, Photo by Albert Watson</strong>

  • Elvis Whispers Softly, 1956 Gelatin silver print 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) <strong>Photograph © Alfred Wertheimer, The Wertheimer Collection</strong>