The Stories Behind Some of the 20th Century’s Most Iconic Portraits

“Jim Morrison, the Young Lion,” by Joel Brodksy, 1967
“Jim Morrison, the Young Lion,” by Joel Brodksy, 1967
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY EMILY TEMPLE AND PUBLISHED BY FLAVORWIRE ON JANUARY 2, 2012.

This photograph of Jim Morrison is by far the most famous of the many taken in the Doors’ 1967 “Young Lion” photo shoot. Less known than the photograph, perhaps, is that Morrison was stumbling drunk when it was taken. As Joel Brodsky himself illuminated, “I always thought it was sort of funny that the pictures of Morrison from that session were the most used. Jim was totally plastered… By [the end], he was so drunk he was stumbling into the lights and we had to stop the session. He wasn’t a wild drunk — actually he was kind of quiet — but his equilibrium wasn’t too terrific. Still, he was great to photograph because he had a very interesting look… You know, Morrison never really looked that way again, and those pictures have become a big part of The Doors’ legend. I think I got him at his peak.” Well, drunk or not, those are the eyes of a legend.

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