John McKenzie was raised in London less than a mile from Big Ben, the son of a renowned showbusiness photographer. He lived directly above the darkrooms on Lambeth Walk street market (made famous by the song from the 1930's musical, "Me and My Girl'), so he says he was virtually destined to become a photographer.
By the time John was 16, cameras, film processing and printing were second nature to him. In 1968 at age 17, he received his first commission to shoot a musician's portrait. He continued working as a music photographer for the next ten or so years, shooting such leading artists as Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Roger Daltrey, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross and Little Richard. He left photography as the darkrooms grew into a major commercial lab, and his negatives remained virtually untouched until 2012.