Terry O’Neill

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. From presidents to pop stars he has photographed the frontline of fame for over six decades.

O’Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s. While other photographers concentrated on earthquakes, wars and politics, O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the Swinging Sixties. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.

No other living photographer has embraced the span of fame, capturing the icons of our age from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela, from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Amy Winehouse, from Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot to Nicole Kidman, as well as every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963, pioneered backstage reportage photography with David BowieElton JohnThe WhoEric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

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Terry O’Neill Iconic News

Honor Blackman

Iconic Spotlight : Honor Blackman, by Terry O’Neill

Concerned over censorship, the producers considered changing her character’s name to Kitty Galore. But art triumphed over censors and the filmmakers stuck to their guns. Blackman, clearly amused with the controversy, even went out of her way to mention her character’s full name in press interviews.

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The Beatles

Iconic Spotlight : The Beatles, by Terry O’Neill

“Because I was young, I was assigned to take photographs of the new bands just emerging in Britain. The papers quickly discovered that a young bunch of musicians on the cover of one of their papers meant the papers sold…and sold quickly… in incredible numbers.”

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AC/DC

Iconic Spotlight : AC/DC, by Terry O’Neill

“When I shoot studio portraits such as these, I’m always thinking of new ways to present the subject or, in this case, a way to capture the band’s unique style. We did take several photos of the band in a more traditional straight-on way. But I admit that I like these better. Looking at them from the bottom up, it almost feels like I was able to capture the band mid-air.”

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