May Pang met John Lennon when she worked for the Beatles' management company in the early 1970's. She got to know him well when she served as Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal assistant after that. But her life with Lennon began when Ono asked May to 'keep Lennon company' during a break in their marriage and their relationship evolved into something no one expected. In later years, the official word from the Lennon camp has indicated that Pang's time with Lennon was a 'lost weekend', a blip on the screen, a time when Lennon was stymied creatively, unhappy and estranged from his family and bandmates.But Pang's wonderful photos, which appear in this book for the first time, tell a different story. They show a relaxed and playful Lennon-lying in bed with his two kittens at their East 52nd Street apartment, swimming in Long Island Sound, spending Christmas and a trip to Disneyland with son Julian - and a creative and productive Lennon, working on his number one album "Walls and Bridges" and rekindling his friendships with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.Pang's images in "Instamatic Karma" span colour and black and white, prints and more candid Polaroid's, and paint a portrait of both a romance and a fascinating time in John Lennon's life.
The captions Pang has written to accompany her photos are rich with detail and will instantly drop fans into situations and stories as interesting as anything in Lennon lore to date.
MAY PANG worked for ABKCO, the Beatles' management company, in the early 1970's, and from there was hired as John Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal assistant. After her relationship with Lennon ended, Pang worked for Island Records and United Artists. In addition to photography, she designs a line of feng shui jewelry and furniture. She lives in New York with her two children.