Jacob Potashnik, one of the producers of Leonard, Light My Cigarette experimental film, tells the story:
"Emile Pirro was an old man in pretty desperate shape. He was being forced out of his
studio in Montreal due to months of back rent and damage that he had caused due to a
misguided adventure having to due with him setting up a photo lab.
I ran into him by pure accident and he started showing me his life's work out
of the hundreds of boxes in his studio.
While going through his stuff I happened upon a box of posters. Emile
explained to me that during the mid-60's his close friend Sam Tata, a well
known photographer, had taken some picture portraits of Leonard Cohen. One of
these was chosen and Emile had hundreds of posters made up. The reason for
making all these posters is no longer clear but Emile told me that they have
never been distributed, never been seen and that only one or two ever left his
They are 36 by 24 inches, black and white, with "Leonard
Cohen" in type set across the top. They show a very handsome Leonard standing in
front of his door. "
We asked Leonard where this photo was shot.
"It's the upper duplex back-door of the house on Rue St. Dominique in Montreal where I used to live.
Morton Rosengarten (Krantz in The Favourite Game), my old friend, lived
downstairs and now occupies both floors. We bought the place together around 1970."