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Iconic Spotlight : Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker

Thursday, 9 March 2017

“In 1949, The Pershing Ballroom in Chicago was packed. The band had been playing for some time and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker had not arrived. There was a little unrest among the fans out front – after all, it had been billed as ‘Charlie Parker with Dizzy Gillespie and his Big Band.’ After a rather anxious intermission, Dizzy introduced Bird and the excitement level reached fever pitch! After some time, Parker wanted a breather. Diz would spin Bird around and shove him towards the microphone and kick off the next number. He knew when Bird left the stand the blowing was over.” So remembers photographer Ted Williams, who was there at The Pershing Ballroom that night in 1949.

These are some of the earliest images from the Ted Williams archive and his only surviving shots of these two icons on-stage. Williams went on to work with Gillespie for decades after, including the now iconic Down Beat cover portrait. Parker proved elusive to Williams’ camera and tragically died six years later in 1955 at the young age of 34.

The Ted Williams Limited Edition Jazz Boxset is available from the Iconic Store.

The set includes portraits of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, Art Farmer & Benny Golson of the Jazztet, Thelonius Monk and a glorious marquee image announcing a performance by Count Basie. These ten archival, museum-quality prints are 12” x 16”, matted with a certificate of authenticity and ready for framing come in a clam-shell printed box.

Galleries & Exhibitions

Bowie : Faces

Tokyo, Japan
January 6th - April 2nd, 2017

‘FAME’ by Terry O’Neill & Douglas Kirkland

Osme Gallery, Viena
10th April – 12th May, 2017

Douglas Kirkland Retrospective

Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munich
March 24th - May 13th 2017





News Archive

Iggy Pop & the Stooges: One Night at the Whisky 1970 by Ed Caraeff

Friday, 21 April 2017

In May 1970, The Stooges were in the middle of recording their celebrated album, Fun House at Elektra Records Recording Studio in Los Angeles. That same month, they appeared at the Whisky a Go-Go on Sunset Boulevard for two incredible nights. Ed Caraeff, a new rock photographer who had burst onto the scene three years prior with his now-iconic image of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar onstage at Monterey, happened to be in that crowd, and took a plethora of wonderful pictures. Only a few stills from that phenomenal gig were ever reproduced. Most famously, one was used on the cover of Fun House. The rest were filed away. Until now.


Ed Caraeff's coverage of this monumental moment is reprinted here for the first time in book form. He not only captures the energy, madness and raw power of Iggy Pop's performance, but also the preceding minutes before the band stepped onto stage and made history. Along with images and contact sheets, original interviews shed new light on that unforgettable night. Interviewed by pop-culture historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, names include Jac Holzman, Head of Elektra Records during the recording of Fun House; DeeDee Keel, booker at the Whisky a Go-Go, Danny Fields, a DJ/publicist credited for signing MC5 and The Stooges; and Jeff Gold, music historian and noted Iggy Pop biographer.


A tribute to the band that rocked the world, Iggy Pop & The Stooges: One Night at the Whisky, 1970 will revolutionize your view of music and is available to pre-order now on Amazon

Iconic Spotlight : Bob Dylan, Baron Wolman

Thursday, 20 April 2017

This week, we had a chat with Baron Wolman about his time photographing Bob Dylan during his ‘Slow Train Coming’ tour at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, November 1979.


How did the shoot come about?

Early in the life of Rolling Stone, Jann Wenner and I were supposed to meet with Bob Dylan at the Warwick Hotel in New York City. Jann would interview him, I would photograph him. We scheduled a date and time. And waited. And waited. Dylan never showed. Time went by, assignments came and went for me, but Dylan was never one of them. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone moved to New York City and I moved on to photograph subjects beyond music. It was well after I left Rolling Stone that I finally was able to make some pictures of Dylan. I heard he was coming to San Francisco, the first stop on the Slow Train Coming Tour, promoting his new album which proclaimed his new love affair with Christianity. Even though I was no longer with the magazine, I was a known quantity to the San Francisco concert promoters and had no trouble getting permission to shoot the show. I shot it totally from the audience perspective, mostly standing (kneeling, actually) in the aisles. Because of Dylan’s reputation for press and photographic reticence and because I didn’t want to take a chance of being denied even “aisle access,” I didn’t ask to go backstage or take non-concert photos of him.


Were you a Dylan fan before the show?

I wouldn’t call myself a “Dylan fan.” I admired him greatly, had enormous respect for him and considered him a significant American poet. I mean, who can think otherwise. But when I chose music for myself, for the most part it was the music of others that I listened to.


The Slow Train Coming tour was shortly after Dylan became a born again Christian, was this clear during the show?

I was enormously moved both by the lyrics and by the music of Slow Train Coming. I heard a man struggling with faith, working through the questions that life poses to all of us, and coming up with a personal solution that seemed to put his anxiety to rest, at least for a while. The lyrics were universal; they spoke to me beyond any religious beliefs I had. The 1979 lyrics are as true today as they were then, perhaps even more so: “Man's ego is inflated, his laws are outdated, they don't apply no more.” And that’s just for starters. He looked around and saw the degradation of the people, the disintegration of society, and was clearly uncomfortable with the world around him, as were so many others. Although it was well received, some well-intentioned critics saw the album as simplistic. I saw it as a collection of important statements by a respected artist. “Big-time negotiators, false healers and woman haters, masters of the bluff and masters of the proposition. But the enemy I see wears a cloak of decency, all non-believers and men stealers talking in the name of religion...”


Was there anything that stuck in your mind about him?

OK, maybe it was just me, but what stuck in my mind, at least from attending that concert and seeing him perform, was not that I was watching, listening to, and photographing a musical icon, but rather, my camera was pointed at a man with a tormented soul who was trying to make sense of a society (and perhaps his personal life, too) which was spiraling downward, so he wrote about it and sung about it. And here we are, our society still in the same morass, in a bigger mess than ever...


Anything further thoughts on these photos?

When I looked at my photos after they had been processed (no digital cameras back then) I felt as if I had pretty much captured the Bob Dylan of his own personal Slow Train journey. His countenance was joyous, and there was no hiding the small gold crucifix hanging around his neck...


Anybody interested in a more detailed background of this album would do well to read the Wikipedia summary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_Train_Coming

See more of Baron’s archive at https://www.iconicimages.net/photographers/baron-wolman

David Bowie Record Store Day release

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Terry O’Neill’s iconic archive has been utilised once again. This time for the Record Store Day release of ‘Cracked Actor’. It’s the first official release of this Philly Dogs Tour show from September 1974, some of which was featured in Alan Yentob’s BBC documentary, Cracked Actor.

The full concert is documented on this triple vinyl five-sided album. The sixth side features an etching of the Diamond Dogs era Bowie logo.

All of the multi-track tapes were finally reunited in one place in November of last year and mixed officially for the first time by long time Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti. The packaging features newly commissioned artwork with rare and unseen photographs from the 1974 Universal Amphitheatre show by Terry O’Neill and Jamie Andrews in a gatefold sleeve.

DAVID BOWIE - CRACKED ACTOR (LIVE LOS ANGELES ’74) (3 LP SET)

Side 1:

Introduction

1984

Rebel Rebel

Moonage Daydream

Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing

Side 2:

Changes

Suffragette City

Aladdin Sane

All The Young Dudes

Cracked Actor

Side 3:

Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me

Knock On Wood

It’s Gonna Be Me

Space Oddity

Side 4:

Diamond Dogs

Big Brother

Time

Side 5:

The Jean Genie

Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)

Side 6:

David Bowie logo etching

See more from Terry O’Neill’s David Bowie archive here

For purchasing details, click here

#FineArtFriday – Jean Shrimpton and Terence Stamp

Friday, 14 April 2017

By the early 1960’s, Terry O’Neill’s photography career was in full swing. He photographed The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and became one of the go-to names for agents or editors to call when they needed a photo of a new, rising star.

Outside the burgeoning music scene, British actors and models and photographers themselves were making headlines. Jean Shrimpton was one of the top models of her day, appearing on countless covers of magazines and helping signal in a fresh, new look for fashion and style in the 1960s. Terence Stamp burst on to the scene with his award-winning role in his debut film, 1962’s Billy Budd, instantly making Stamp a cinematic star.

O’Neill remembers, “I was asked to take a photo that exemplified the new faces of the sixties and the first image that came to mind was them.”

Terry (Stamp) was living at The Albany at the time. The Albany is that very famous and secluded row of flats between Regent Street and Piccadilly Street, you’d never guess it was there unless you knew to look. It’s still there now and as secluded as ever. I asked Jean to meet me there for a photo shoot. I went over and did a zoom portrait of them and out of those rolls of films came several images, but the one that struck me the most was when Terry looked the camera straight in the eye. It’s his intensity combined with her loveliness that makes this a great portrait. I’m proud to say that this photograph is part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery.”

This image helped cement their reputations as icons of the Swinging Sixties. “They were new, young and fresh— that was what the sixties was all about."

WIN a DUAL SIGNED copy of ‘Breaking Stones’

Monday, 3 April 2017

This month, Iconic Images have a special competition, featuring two remarkable photographers who came together to create ‘Breaking Stones’.

This brilliant book captures the youth, the times and the spirit of The Stones' formative early years. Documenting 1963-1965 were two young photographers just starting out in their careers. Terry O'Neill, aged just 25, had a few years' experience photographing musicians and knew that this group had the same magic as another British phenomenon that just recently started to chart, The Beatles. As the band was starting to record and tour, Gered Mankowitz came along. His first shoot, the now famous Mason's Yard session, was so fruitful, Gered was asked to tag along on tour to America. Gered was a mere 19 when he picked-up his camera and joined the band on stage in 1965. Between these two legendary photographers, they document the band's beginnings and these indelible images are forever placed in music's consciousness. The photography throughout this book is embellished with various memoires and interviews, celebrating the early days and giving an inisght into what it must have felt like to go from a small club in Soho with no record deal to touring the world a few years later with a number one record. Terry O'Neill and Gered Mankowitz, two of the most respected, collected and exhibited photographers in the world were sitting in the front-row.

The critically acclaimed book was released in 2016 and is one of Terry O’Neill’s most popular publications to date. We’ve got our hands on a copy signed by BOTH Terry O’Neill and Gered Mankowitz.

For a chance to win, just sign up to our mailing list!

Don’t worry, if you’ve already signed up, you’re automatically entered!

Winner picked at random on 30th April 2017.

Iconic Spotlight : Elvis Presley, Terry O’Neill

Thursday, 30 March 2017

It’s not often that a photographer’s archive can represent an era of celebrity, but Terry O’Neill’s does just that. From the fashion industry’s Jean Shrimpton to the big screen performers like Michael Caine and Brigitte Bardot, O’Neill photographed them at the height of success and fame. However, Terry’s passion before photography was music. O’Neill originally planned to be a jazz drummer before his photography career took off. It’s only fitting that the largest portion of his archive is dedicated to the musicians; the performers and the original rock’n’rollers.

“Of course, it was hard to get to Elvis because you had to go through the formidable Colonel Tom Parker. But when I found myself in Las Vegas, I had a way in and that was through my friend Tom (Jones).”

O’Neill had worked with Tom Jones on several occasions and they became fast friends. When Tom Jones, who was also performing in Las Vegas, offered to take his friend backstage, he jumped at the chance.

“He (Tom) was friendly with Elvis so he fixed it with Colonel Parker that we could sit close enough to take some photos of him performing on stage singing. Afterwards I went backstage and met Elvis and his father, it was a great night.”

We asked Terry if anything in particular stuck in his mind after meeting Elvis Presley?

“He just struck as the best looking man I’d ever seen, even better than the pictures.”

Terry O’Neill discusses his time with Elvis Presley in his book, Every Picture Tells a Story – available signed at the Iconic Store. Fine art prints are also available, signed and numbered by Terry O’Neill, enquiries to jackie@iconicimages.net

Terry O’Neill x Raymond Weil

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

THE ICON OF BRITISH ROCK, THE POP LEGEND HONORED BY RAYMOND WEIL.

In collaboration with the David Bowie Estate, RAYMOND WEIL pays homage to legendary musician – David Bowie. The Limited Edition freelancer “David Bowie”, is a tribute to the life and musical career of one of the most influential artists of all time. Created to celebrate what would have been Bowie's 70th birthday, this timepiece is dedicated to a few of the many personas created by David Bowie, an artist with unparalleled creativity, a singular visionary, a man of a thousand faces and voices. Bowie's boundless talent and fearless innovation shone through his final masterpiece, , released last year to some of the best critical notices of his distinguished career and winning five Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards in 2017.

To celebrate the immortal David Bowie, RAYMOND WEIL has chosen its most freespirited model – freelancer. Its 42mm diameter case contains a dial resembling a vinyl record clearly featuring some of the most emblematic design cues of the British artist. Amongst the key design features, the lightning bolt painted across his face that first appeared on the cover of the Aladdin Sane album in 1973. The instantly distinctive mark universally recognized, the stylized lightning bolt is featured in red at 12 o’clock. The pop art logo designed by Andy Warhol especially for David Bowie and revealed on the cover of the album Diamond Dogs in 1974 makes its mark on the dial of the David Bowie Limited Edition.

Produced in a 3,000-piece limited, numbered series, the freelancer “David Bowie” beats to the tempo of a mechanical self-winding movement that appears beneath a portrait of David Bowie, immortalized in 1974 by famous photographer of legends, Terry O’Neill.

“I’ve always felt that there was a real synergy behind great timepieces and photography. The precision of keeping time is akin to a photographer needing to know the exact moment to capture an iconic image. As a watch collector myself, this RAYMOND WEIL collaboration is a wonderful project to be affiliated with. Their watches are a thing of beauty. I’m thrilled they’ve selected to pay tribute to David Bowie in such a way and I’m honoured to be a part of it.” Terry O’Neill.

Iconic Spotlight : Chuck Berry, 1926 – 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

'Rock and roll will never die! In so many respects we have Chuck Berry to thank for that' says Baron Wolman, the first Rolling Stone Magazine staff photographer who photographed Chuck Berry on several occasions . 'Berry and his signature duckwalk took leave of the stage this week but left behind an idiom that inspired – continues to inspire - musicians and audiences alike. Chuck Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the foremost innovators of rock and roll music. With songs like "Rock and Roll Music," "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," and “Johnny B. Goode,” paired with his inimitable guitar solos and his own unique brand of showmanship, he refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll so distinctive and compelling.'

However, Berry was notorious for being a bit difficult to work with. 'He had personal problems bad enough to make any head spin' , says Terry O'Neill, 'but when he was with musicians and had a guitar in his hands… there was no stress, no tension, no anger - it was just the man and the music. Berry was happiest when he was on stage and running the show. I witnessed a few arguments between Berry and Keith Richards over who was going to play rhythm and who was going to play lead. By the way, Berry is the lead. Always was, always will be' says Terry acknowledging the inspiration he engendered on rock n roll legends such as The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.

Read more about Chuck Berry from Terry O’Neill in ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ and see our full archive of Chuck Berry photography here

#FineArtFriday

Friday, 3 March 2017

In the first of an ongoing series of ‘Fine Art Friday’, we look at Terry O’Neill’s photo of David Bowie with Elizabeth Taylor.


More than a decade after meeting the screen legend, it was no surprise to Terry picked-up the phone to the hear the voice of Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor knew O’Neill recently worked with this new artist and was wondering if he could arrange a meeting. The artist? David Bowie.


The meeting was arranged for Bowie to come to director George Cukor’s house to meet with Elizabeth Taylor, who wanted to discuss a possible role in her upcoming film. As the day went by, Bowie wasn’t anywhere to be seen. Whilst Taylor had a reputation for keeping people waiting for meetings, David Bowie had firmly matched her on this occasion, leaving the actress waiting for several hours.


When Bowie did arrive, Terry O’Neill had his camera at the ready. “I wasn’t going to miss this meeting. It was Elizabeth, though, who directed every shot. She took David outside so we could catch the last night and I snapped away.”


David Bowie didn’t land the role in the movie that day, but Terry O’Neill did document their first meeting and beginning of a friendship that would last for the rest of their lives.

Terry O’Neill’s photos from that one late afternoon in 1975 beautifully capture the immediate chemistry between David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor and are available to purchase in limited edition, signed fine art prints.


Sizes available range from 12x16 inches to 48x72 inches. To inquire about purchasing, contact jackie@iconicimages.net

WIN a SIGNED copy of Terry O’Neill’s ‘Opus’

Friday, 3 March 2017

Iconic Images are offering a chance to win a signed copy of Terry O’Neill’s ‘Opus’.

Terry O'Neill is one of the world's most celebrated and collected photographers. No one has captured the front line of fame so broadly - and for so long. For nearly 60 years, he has photographed rock stars and presidents, royals and movie stars; at work, at play, in private. He pioneered backstage reportage photography with the likes of Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Sir Elton John and Chuck Berry and his work comprises a vital chronicle of cultural history.

Now, for the first time, an exhaustive cataloguing of his archive conducted over the last five years has revisited more than 2 million negatives and has unearthed unseen images that escaped the eye over his career. Similarly, his use of 35mm cameras on film sets and the early pop music shows of the 60s opened up a new visual art form using photojournalism, to revolutionise formal portraiture. His work captured the iconic, candid, and unguarded moments of the famous and the notorious - from Ava Gardner to Amy Winehouse, from Churchill to Nelson Mandela, from the earliest photographs of young emerging bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. O' Neill spent more than 30 years photographing Frank Sinatra, amassing a unique archive of more than 3,000 Sinatra negatives.

Add to that the magazine covers, album sleeves, film posters and fashion shoots of more than 1,000 stars, and Terry O'Neill’s ‘Opus’ comprises the most compelling and epic catalogue of the age of celebrity. The Royal Society of Arts has honoured him with the rare Centenary Medal for his lifetime achievement. Only a dozen have ever been awarded in recognition of 'outstanding contributions to the art and science of photography.'


Just sign up to the Iconic Images mailing list to be entered for a chance to win!

Don’t want to wait? Head over to the Iconic Store and pick up a SIGNED copy of Terry O’Neill’s Opus – Purchase here

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Iconic Spotlight, Terry O’Neill : Funeral in Berlin

Thursday, 2 March 2017

It’s 1966 and the world was in the middle of Britain’s Swinging ‘60. From the music to models, film to fashion, the ‘Youthquake’ cultural moment hit its stride. Capturing the images that are gracing the front pages and the covers of hungry newspapers and magazines, rising photography star Terry O’Neill had an access, all areas pass through this decade’s most notable faces. From The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Peter Sellers and Terence Stamp, Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy; O’Neill was one of the go-to photographers on the frontline of fame.

Michael Caine and O’Neill had sparked a friendship when Caine was at the very beginnings of his career. But it would take the filming of ‘Funeral in Berlin’ in 1966 to bring O’Neill together with Caine for the first time professionally.

That year was a turning point for the young actor. He starred in an incredible four films in 1966, including the now classic ‘Alfie.’ But it was his role as Harry Palmer the year before in ‘The Ipcress File’ that propelled Caine a moviestar. And with “Funeral in Berlin”, he’d return as Harry Palmer for the hotly anticipated follow-up.

“Michael really embodies the characters he plays. He’s one of the only actors who can take on a serious role one minute, a thriller the next and then follow up with a comedy. He’s just incredibly gifted. Just look at what he did in the mid-sixties; he plays a serious detective the one minute, a sly comedy the next, and then back to the detective. I can’t think of another actor that has so much versatility” remembers O’Neill.

O’Neill has photographed almost every major film star during a career spanning six decades but his friendships with many were never the key that unlocked his intimate access to them. “When working I stayed anonymous. I never joined the entourage, i stayed in the shadows to get my photographs. But of course I got to know them privately and I got to know them as ordinary people who happened to have jobs as rock or film stars. That enabled me to capture the real personality behind the image being projected on stage or screen. And Caine, yeah, he’s a great mate.”

Read more about the stories behind Terry O’Neill’s photography in ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’, available signed.

WIN a SIGNED copy of ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’

Monday, 30 January 2017

Iconic Images are excited to announce a brand new competition!

Just sign up to our mailing list below for a chance to win a personalised, signed copy of Terry O’Neill’s ‘Every Picture Tells a Story

From The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, Terry O'Neill fast became the photographer of the 1960s. Having an eye - and ear - for music and musicians, he instinctively knew what bands to focus on. And they in turn trusted him. "I remember sitting in a pub with the Beatles and the Stones. We were just hanging-out and talking about what we'd do next, after all of this was over. By this, we meant the fame, being the 'new kids of the moment'. Usually, this sort of celebrity doesn't last. Little did we know that 60 years later, we'd still be at it."

"I was walking up the Miami Beach boardwalk to the Fontainebleau Hotel where Sinatra was staying... I just reached out with the letter in my hand and he took it. He opened it, read it... turned to his security men and said, "this kid's with me." I never found out what Ava said to him in that letter. From that moment on, I was part of his inner circle." - Terry O'Neill

Iconic Images Welcomes Eva Sereny

Monday, 16 January 2017

Eva Sereny’s work has appeared in and on the covers of major magazines such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Observer Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Paris Match, Harpers Bazaar, Time and Newsweek. Her archive includes seminal shots of outstanding international celebrities, including Paul Newman, Romy Schneider, Marlon Brando, Raquel Welch, Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Luciano Pavarotti, Anthony Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman and many more. She was an on-set photographer for many classic films, including The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, Bertolucci’s 1900 starring Robert DeNiro, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade starring Sean Connery and Harrison Ford and The Night Porter starring Charlotte Rampling. During her time working on film sets, Sereny developed a passion for cinema direction and directed the short film “The Dress” starring Michael Palin which received the British Academy Award and Chicago Golden Plaque.


See her archive here.

BOWIE : FACES Tour Opens in Japan

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

BOWIE : FACES is the most comprehensive exhibition of portrait photography of the late David Bowie ever held. The show features the work of six photographers including Terry O'Neill Brian Duffy and Masayoshi Sukita covering the period from 1972 to 2002 and includes the original artwork from eight Bowie album covers. The exhibition also includes work Iconic Photographers Justin de Villeneuve, Gerald Fearnley and Markus Klinko.

January 8 would have been David Bowie's 70th birthday and January 10 is the first anniversary of his death. In commemoration the highly successful V&A exhibition "DAVID BOWIE is" exhibition opened in Tokyo on January 8 at Terada Warehouse, Tennozu, Tokyo and includes images from all the photographers represented in BOWIE:FACES.

BOWIE : FACES will be held in three different locations in Tokyo over the first three months of 2017 starting at Daikanyama Tsutaya on 6th January and ending on 2nd April at Blitz Gallery in Shimomeguro.

For Bowie fans and lovers of portrait photography, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition brilliantly captures in images the essence of David Bowie through the eyes of six of the world's greatest photographers.

More information : http://bowiefaces.com/en.html

Iconic Images welcomes Gerald Fearnley

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Gerald Fearnley (born 1932) was a professional photographer in Surrey, England and the elder brother of Derek “Dek” Fearnley, the bass player in David Bowie’s 1966-67 backing group The Buzz. During that time, Bowie became friends with the Fearnley family and the band often rehearsed at their home and in Gerald’s studio. Gerald Fearnley was asked to shoot the images for Bowie’s debut album and this photo session took place in Fearnley’s studio in a basement beneath a church in Bryanston Street near Marble Arch in London where David and Dek rehearsed. These charming images were only released for the first time as fine art prints in 2016.

See his archive: https://www.iconicimages.net/photographers/gerald-fearnley

Co-signed Paul McCartney x Terry O’Neill Beatles Prints

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Iconic Images have teamed up with ‘Art In A Corner’ to offer the 1 of 2 co-signed Beatles Fine Art Prints.

Paul McCartney has added his signature to two B&W prints of the Terry O’Neill photograph ‘The Beatles backyard, London’, taken in the backyard of Abbey Road Studios in 1963.

The image was captured on one of O’Neill’s first ever professional assignments, with The Beatles an up-and-coming band at the time. Now regarded as one of the most iconic shots of the Fab Four, it was the first photograph of a pop group ever to appear on the front cover of a British national newspaper.

These ultra rare, highly collectable artworks - hand-signed by Paul and one Britain’s most revered photographers - are available to purchase now, with 50% of the proceeds going to Children & the Arts and Youth Music.

For more information, please email paul@eazl.co.uk

Win 1 of 2 Terry O’Neill’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Calendar 2017

Monday, 5 December 2016

With 2017 just around the corner, Iconic Images have teamed with Pyramid International to offer the opportunity to win 1 of 2 x Rock ‘N’ Roll Calendars. These feature some of Terry O’Neill’s most iconic work, including David Bowie, Elton John, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and more!

For a chance to win just sign up to our mailing list.

Winners will be announced on 16th December.

If you’ve already signed up to our mailing list you will be automatically included in the competition.

Roger Moore x Terry O'Neill Co-Signed Prints Available

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

For over 3 decades Terry O'Neill captured photos on-set of the James Bond films, photographing 5 Bonds and over 20 Bond Girls. Arguably, none are more iconic than Roger Moore, the lead in 7 of the Bond features.

"I went to the set of Live and Let Die thinking I'd see Roger Moore, but I came out knowing that I just took photos of James Bond." - Terry O'Neill, Every Picture Tells a Story

These Limited Edition Prints are available in 20 x 24 and are signed by both Roger Moore and Terry O'Neill, with only 50 available.

For more information please contact : jackie@iconicimages.net or call on +44 207 535 3905

Iconic Images Store Opens!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Iconic Images Store, offering signed copies of Terry O’Neill books, is now open

Iconic Images are thrilled to announce that Terry O’Neill’s books now available signed, including a bespoke dedication service. We ship books worldwide and publications can be custom signed, making them the perfect collectable and the idea gift.

From high-end, luxury limited editions to copies of O’Neill’s Rock and Roll Opus and Breaking Stones, there is sure to be a book for everyone on your list.

Order now and your books will be delivered in plenty of time for gift-giving.

Iconic Images Welcome Micky Hoogendijk

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Micky Hoogendijk was born in Amsterdam. Her grandfather, art dealer Dirk Hoogendijk, enriched many museums, including the Rijksmuseum, with the works of the Dutch Masters. She lives in California, and her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Istanbul, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Mexico City and Houston.


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Iconic Images welcome Steve Parke

Monday, 21 November 2016

Steve Parke is an award-winning illustrator, designer, and photographer. He worked for Prince for 13 years as his in-house art director at Paisley Park—doing everything from designing album covers and hand painting guitars to enlisting every spare pair of hands to melt candles for an impromptu music video. His photography work with Prince has been published in numerous magazines, including People, Rolling Stone, and Vogue, as well as in books like Prince Stories from the Purple Underground. His own book of Prince photography from this time, Picturing Prince, will be published in April 2017.


See his archive : https://www.iconicimages.net/photographers/steve-parke

Jazz By Ted Williams Competition!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

London Jazz Festivals begins tomorrow and to celebrate the opening of another season of Jazz, IconicJazz.com are giving away a copy of ‘Jazz by Ted Williams’.

Ted Williams (1925-2009) first heard jazz on the radio as a youngster in the 1930s in Wichita, Kansas. The sounds of Earl Hines, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway broadcast from Chicago's legendary Grand Terrace Ballroom inspired him and in the late 1940s, Williams merged his love of music and photography and moved to Chicago where he captured unguarded photographic studies of some of the era's greatest jazz musicians.

His work appeared in major international publications including Time, Newsweek, Look, Playboy and Ebony. His coverage of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival landed him a spectacular 21-page layout in Down Beat magazine. Williams was active on the jazz scene from the late 1940s until the late 1970s. He photographed many of the greats in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong. Williams’ historic archive runs to more than 100,000 images and comprises perhaps the most intimate and complete collection of Jazz’s greatest musicians at work, rest and play.

Some of Ted’s most prolific images are available as fine art prints including Tony Bennett, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and more.

Winner will be announced Monday 21st November.


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Terry O’Neill’s iconic archive travels to Photohouse Brussels.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

On November 3rd, Terry O’Neill’s must-see celebrity archive travels over Photohouse Brussels in Belgium, showcasing some of his most iconic photography.

The exhibition runs until the end of December and for the unique opportunity to hear Terry O’Neill discuss the stories behind his most famous work, visit https://www.facebook.com/photohouse.brussels/ and RSVP for the exclusive event tomorrow, Thursday 3rd November at 6.30pm.


Photohouse Brussels

96B Rue Blaes, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

+32 (0)2 502 12 29


Bowie By O’Neill exhibits in Beverly Hills, LA

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

As exclusively announced by davidbowie.com on Sunday, the exhibition runs from October 29 through to November 9 at the Mouche Gallery in LA, celebrating the launch of Terry O’Neill’s new publication ‘Bowie By O’Neill’.

For more information on the exhibition and publication, visit www.bowiebyoneill.com


Exhibition Details

Mouche Gallery

340 N. Beverly Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90210”



Terry O’Neill announces ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

"I was walking up the Miami Beach boardwalk to the Fontainebleau Hotel where Sinatra was staying... I just reached out with the letter in my hand and he took it. He opened it, read it... turned to his security men and said, "this kid's with me." I never found out what Ava said to him in that letter. From that moment on, I was part of his inner circle." - Terry O'Neill

From The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, Terry O'Neill fast became the photographer of the 1960s. Having an eye - and ear - for music and musicians, he instinctively knew what bands to focus on. And they in turn trusted him. "I remember sitting in a pub with the Beatles and the Stones. We were just hanging-out and talking about what we'd do next, after all of this was over. By this, we meant the fame, being the 'new kids of the moment'. Usually, this sort of celebrity doesn't last. Little did we know that 60 years later, we'd still be at it."

The list of people Terry O'Neill has worked with over the past 60 years is a Who's Who in celebrity; from film to music, sports to politics. Terry O'Neill: Every Picture Tells a Story is like going through a walking tour of memory by a man who has seen, met and photographed them all.

Every Picture Tells a Story is available to Pre-Order on Amazon and bespoke signed copies are available by contacting: carrie@iconicimages.net

Bowie By O’Neill Print Giveaway

Monday, 19 September 2016

Iconic Images and Red Engine Media have teamed up with DavidBowie.com to give away a print of David Bowie and William Burroughs signed by Terry O’Neill.

Included in this book for the first time are images from this lost session, reproduced from a packet of negatives recently recovered during the production of the book.

For your chance to win, simply sign up to the mailing list at http://www.bowiebyoneill.com - if you’ve previously signed up, you will be automatically re-entered.

“Bowie By O’Neill” Exclusive Competition with davidbowienews.com

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Iconic Images and Red Engine Media in association with www.davidbowienews.com have opened an incredible competition, giving away a signed Terry O’Neill print of David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor.

For your chance to win, simply sign up to the mailing list at www.bowiebyoneill.com

(If you have already signed up to this mailing list, sign up again to be included for the competition)

An extraordinary publishing event, BOWIE BY O’NEILL presents legendary photographer Terry O’Neill’s iconic imagery of David Bowie in an exciting new light.

Including never-before and rarely seen photos from a nearly thirty year partnership, this book includes images from the last Ziggy Stardust performance, the studio recording session for Young Americans, stage performances from Station to Station, set photography from The Man Who Fell to Earth and the now iconic photo session for Diamond Dogs. Included in this book for the first time are images from the lost David Bowie and William Burroughs sessions, a packet of negatives recently recovered during the production of this book.

The competition is open worldwide and closes on Wednesday 14th September at midnight (UK time)

Baron Wolman Woodstock Giveaway

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

To celebrate the final week of Baron Wolman's 'Woodstock' Exhibition at Proud Galleries, we're delighted to offer the chance to win one of three signed A2 posters.

Baron Wolman kindly signed the promotional poster that celebrates some of his most iconic work.


To be in with a chance of winning, just sign up to our mailing list below and we'll announce the winner on Friday 9th September!

Please note: Winners must be able to collect prizes from London location.


See Baron Wolman's Iconic 'Woodstock' Exhibition this week at Proud Camden, final exhibition day 11th September - https://www.proudonline.co.uk/exhibitions

Meeting Monroe

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Iconic Images in association with VisionNow Media, Suzhou π·ART Culture Communication, BAOKU Treasure is bringing the Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe to Shanghai for a month long exhibition at BAOKU Art Center, Shanghai Tower, opening on September 13th 2016.

The exhibition will feature photographs of the Hollywood icon by two of her most prominent photographic collaborators; Douglas Kirkland and Milton H. Greene.

Douglas Kirkland, will attend the opening preview event, adding his unique and personal memories of his time with Monroe. Also in attendance will be Joshua Greene, son of the late Milton H. Greene and manager of his father's archives. In-person interviews with both will be available.

'Meeting Monroe' will feature 31 images of Marilyn, including some of her most iconic images as well as unpublished gems being introduced to China for the first time. Among those photos will be Douglas Kirkland's legendary 1961 photo session, 'An Evening with Marilyn.' Kirkland fine art photography has been exhibited across the globe and his work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian and the National Portraits Galleries in London and Australia, among many others. Kirkland is one of the most versatile photographers still working today, seamlessly blending his knowledge of classic, traditional photography with today's modern digital technology.

Milton H. Greene (1922-1985) created a vast body of work consisting of images of many of the 20th Century's most beloved artists, musicians, and Hollywood celebrities. Milton met Marilyn in 1953, while on assignment for Look Magazine. They quickly became close friends and eventually went on to form their own film production company, in addition to collaborating on thousands of photographs.


Bowie by O'Neill

Friday, 22 July 2016

‘I was lucky enough to receive the call to photograph David Bowie.
And I was smart enough to know to say yes.’ -
Terry O’Neill


Iconic Images, along with media and publishing specialists Red Engine, announce the publication of BOWIE BY O'NEILL, a unique 500-copy limited edition luxury publication of Terry O'Neill's photography archive of David Bowie.

An extraordinary publishing event, BOWIE BY O’NEILL presents legendary photographer Terry O’Neill’s iconic imagery of David Bowie in an exciting new light. Including never-before and rarely seen photos from a nearly thirty year partnership. In this deluxe book, photographer Terry O'Neill collaborated with Red Engine’s Art Director Des Curran to painstakingly cull the archive of O’Neill’s Bowie photography and curated a book that breaks the boundary of traditional publishing. By incorporating multiple inserts, design crops and colourisation, Bowie by O’Neill becomes more than just a book of photography – but a book that stands alone as a piece of art.

Terry O'Neill says ‘I'm very proud of this book. I look at these photos today and remember the times I had with David. He was an incredible genius and is greatly missed. There won't be another one like him.’

The first edition of 500 copies comes with a signed certificate of authenticity and two limited edition fine art prints.

For more information or to order, contact

carrie@iconicimages.net / +44(0)207 535 3912

www.bowiebyoneill.com

Limited-Edition Luxury

Thursday, 30 June 2016

This collection of some of jazz’s most seminal musicians photographed by legendary photographer Ted Williams is assembled here in a limited-edition luxury box. The set includes portraits of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, Art Farmer & Benny Golson of the Jazztet, Thelonius Monk and a glorious marquee image announcing a performance by Count Basie. These ten archival, museum-quality prints are 12” x 16”, matted with a certificate of authenticity and ready for framing come in a clam-shell printed box.


Sales Enquiries:

$1,500 plus post and packaging.

To acquire your collection, please call 1-800-252-5231 toll-free (U.S.A) or 0044 1394 389977 (International)

Orders will be fulfilled within 28 days.





Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Muhammad Ali, Dublin, 1972

As Terry O’Neill remembers: It was the start of summer 1972 and Muhammad Ali was in Dublin training for a fight against Alvin Lewis. I flew over to take photographs and interview him for the Daily Express. I was doing some interviews at the time for the papers and they ran that story for three days. That’s how big Ali was.

Ali was great to photograph. He paid no attention to me and was either training or raving about being the greatest – or he’d just sit in a room and say nothing for hours, watching training films of himself. He was a funny type of bloke – he was either all giving or saying nothing. He paid no attention to me as I was taking photos, he was completely focused. He was like Sinatra in that respect, driven and determined. Ali just created a stir – you knew when he was there. He was a magnetic character. They just don’t make them like that anymore.

For more of Terry O’Neill’s images, click here



Terry O'Neill: Icons

Thursday, 2 June 2016

On display at AMO Arena Museo Opera in Verona, more than 60 of the most famous works by the legendary British photographer Terry O’Neill, who from the early ‘60s has dedicated his career to capturing the most famous personalities of his time with his camera transforming them in to icons.

The exhibition, curated by Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, is a selection of his most renowned shots of actors, singers and models such as Sean Connery, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Elton John and Faye Dunaway the morning after her Oscar win forNetwork. An entire section will dedicated to David Bowie, one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century.

Spontaneous private moments often captured because of his personal relationship with his subjects, which make these images iconic and intimate at the same time. The exhibition, with the Patronage of the Comune di Verona, is promoted by Fondazione Arena di Verona and produced and organised by Arthemisia Group in collaboration with Iconic Images.

Arena Museo Opera in Verona, at Palazzo Forti. From 11 March-18 September 2016

http://www.arenamuseopera.com/en/amo-in-exhibition/in-exibition/terry-o-neill.html

Steve Miller to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late 60s. Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music – and, indeed, society – could be in the years to come. Then, in the 70s, Miller crafted a brand of pure pop that was polished, exciting and irresistible – and that dominated radio in a way that few artists have ever managed. As Baron Wolman notes “In 1967, the Steve Miller Band received a recording contract from Capitol Records with a royalty advance of $50,000, a huge sum at the time. And now he’s about to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! In between, Miller has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. Not a bad investment, I’d say...”

For more of Baron Wolman’s images, click here http://iconicimages.net/search?query=steve+miller

For more information about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, click here https://rockhall.com/inductees/

Breaking Stones 1963 – 1965: A Band on the Brink of Superstardom.

Monday, 29 February 2016

In July 1962, a group of young men played a gig at The Marquee Club on Oxford Street, London. They called themselves 'The Rollin' Stones' and little did they know they would soon be making music history.

This evocative new book captures the youth, the times and the spirit of The Rolling Stones' formative early years, 1963-1965. Terry O'Neill, aged just 25, had a few years' experience photographing musicians and knew that this group had the same magic as another British phenomenon that just recently started to chart, The Beatles. As the band was starting to record and tour, Gered Mankowitz came along. His first shoot, the now famous Mason's Yard session, was so fruitful, Gered was asked to tag along on tour to America. Gered was a mere 19 when he picked up his camera and joined the band on stage in 1965. Between these two legendary photographers, they chronicle the band's beginnings and these indelible images are forever placed in music's consciousness.


Iconic Images & Proud Galleries London presents 'Breaking Stones 1963-1965: A Band on the Brink of Superstardom’ photographs by Terry O’Neill 7th April – 5th June 2016-02-18.

Proud Galleries London is pleased to announce Breaking Stones 1963 – 1965: A Band on the Brink of Superstardom, an exhibition documenting the youth and dynamism of The Rolling Stones’ early formative years by esteemed photographer Terry O’Neill. This exhibition will be launching at Proud Chelsea in conjunction with the release of the highly anticipated book of the same name.

https://www.proudonline.co.uk/

Global Rebels and the David Bowie collection

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Global Rebels Inc, the most stylish and trendy Rock and Roll clothing on the internet and brick and mortar retail stores, launches a Terry O’Neill x David Bowie fashion collaboration Spring/Summer 2016. David Bowie, the quintessential rock 'n' roll star and style icon as photographed by Terry O’Neill.

The resulting images are the epitome of style. “We are honoured to be part of the Iconic images stable, to work on the David Bowie collection as photographed by the legendary Terry O’Neill” notes Christopher Wicks, founder and CEO of Global Rebels.

For more information and to preview the collection, please click here.

Celebrate Sinatra

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Fontaine Bleau hotel in Miami recently honored Frank Sinatra by unveiling a gallery of never before seen stills by Terry O'Neill. A ribbon of 34 black and white images greet you as you enter the lobby, illustrating how significant Sinatra was to the place. Sinatra gave over 200 performances here, from 1954-1976, and shot several films at the hotel, including A Hole in the Head, Lady in Cement (1968), and Tony Rome (1967). “Sinatra gave the ultimate gift to a photographer. He let me into his life, night and day, and completely ignored me.” -Terry O'Neill

For more information, visit https://fontainebleau.com/frank-sinatra

Gentleman Prefer Blondes

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Iconic Images & The Little Black Gallery London presents 'Gentleman Prefer Blondes' starring Marilyn Monroe by Milton H. Greene & Douglas Kirkland, 19 January - 27 February 2015

Milton H. Greene (1922-1985) made his mark as one of the most celebrated photographers in the world. Greene began taking pictures at the early age of 14. By age 23, he was referred to as "Color Photography's Wonder Boy.” working for Life, Look, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue. Greene's most noted work is with Marilyn Monroe. They first met in 1953 on assignment for Look Magazine. He photographed her in 52 different sittings producing over 5,000 images, some of which have never been published.

Douglas Kirkland was born in Toronto, Canada. He joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, and Life Magazine during the golden age of 60’s/70’s. Kirkland has worked on the sets of over one hundred motion pictures and his photography has been exhibited all over the world. The evening he spent with Monroe 54 years ago was sensual, intimate, and spontaneous, and it produced the famous series “An Evening With Marilyn Monroe.” According to Kirkland, the two of them shared a tension-filled shoot. He describes their time together as though they “were in a beautiful dance”.

Terry O'Neill heralded as the most famous on-set Bond photographer

Thursday, 19 November 2015

On the release of the latest James Bond movie, focus is turned back to Terry O’Neill whom, throughout his career, photographed more Bond films than any other photographer. GQ Magazine goes on to say “What O'Neill was famous for was revealing the men behind the Bond myth - Connery goofing around on the set of Diamonds Are Forever (1971) for example, or Roger Moore in a bath robe dancing on a hotel bed with Madeline Smith as Miss Caruso on the set of Live And Let Die (1973). See all of Terry O’Neill’s James Bond images here.

Read more in GQ Magazine: Behind the scenes of Spectre

Groupies, From Sex Symbols to Style Icons

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The New York Times Style section devotes its cover to Baron Wolman and his new book “Groupies and Other Electric Ladies.”

“The thing I noticed immediately about these women was that they had spent a lot of time putting themselves together in ways that were so creative, you couldn’t believe it,” Baron Wolman is quoted as saying in The New York Times. “They mixed together outfits of the day with things from antique clothing stores to create a real vision. They weren’t appearing half-naked to get the men’s attention. They were dressing up to put on a show.”

The New York Times goes on to say that “Mr. Wolman’s view of the women as style icons comes into sharp focus thanks to a new coffee-table book, Groupies and Other Electric Ladies. It collects his published portraits along with outtakes, contact sheets, the original articles from the issue and new essays that put the subjects into a modern context. The thick paper stock and oversize format emphasizes Mr. Wolman’s view of the groupies as pioneers in hippie frippery.”

Read More.

Two Days That Rocked The World

Friday, 30 October 2015

On October 25 and 26, 1975, Elton performed two career-defining, sell-out concerts at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. By the time it was all over, roughly 110,000 people had crowded into the sporting cathedral to watch Elton perform. Elton didn’t disappoint. Already littering the rock landscape with hit after hit en route to delivering a couple of No. 1 albums per year, his concerts, complete with outrageous costumes and stage antics, were already the stuff of legend.

In honour of the occasion Iconic Images and ACC Editions have published a one-of-a-kind book documenting every conceivable moment. In Two Days That Rocked the World: Elton John Live at Dodger Stadium, Terry O’Neill’s photographs are accompanied with an introduction by Billie Jean King and contributions by Ray Cooper, Kenny Passarelli, Davey Johnstone and Doug Fox.

Terry O’Neill Goddess backgammon board

Friday, 30 October 2015

Legendary photographer, Terry O’Neill, whose images defined the Swinging Sixties and Seventies, has collaborated with games board artist Alexandra Llewellyn to create the ultimate collectable backgammon board featuring the Goddesses Terry has photographed including Bardot, Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Goldie Hawn, Jean Shrimpton, Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy.

  • Handmade in the UK in macassar ebony
  • Limited edition of 20 pieces
  • Each signed and numbered by Terry O’Neill
  • Compartments lined in calf leather
  • 78cm (when open) x 58cm width x 9.8cm. Tournament sized.
  • Dice-shakers engraved with Terry’s camera ‘click’ fingerprint.
  • Playing pieces are brass inlaid with mother of pearl and red glass 45mm dia x 11mm
  • Bottoms of playing pieces inlaid with leather embossed with a camera aperture.
  • Brass hinges and fastenings

For any more information and for images please contact Famie at info@alexandralldesign.com