Terry O'Neil
Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most accomplished and collected photographers whose work hangs in national galleries and private collections worldwide.

He has produced covers for Time, Newsweek, Stern, Paris Match, The Sunday Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and many others for over six decades. He has been photographing presidents, prime ministers, rock stars, Oscar winners and the British Royal Family since he first picked up a camera in 1958.

His work has delivered iconic movie posters, album covers and fashion plates for the world’s top designers and he has discovered supermodels such as Jodie Kidd.

For more than 50 years his camera has chronicled the frontline of fame, in particular the emerging rock stars and icons of the 60s. He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands seeking a recording contract in London’s clubs and pubs. O’Neill worked closely too with Frank Sinatra over 20 years, being granted access to the chairman back stage and in private.

A former jazz drummer, O’Neill pioneered backstage reportage photography with the likes of Sinatra, Bowie, Elton John, The Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry and many others, capturing the stars up close and personal in the days when the relationship between photographer and subject was unfettered by image-conscious marketing and brand managers

O’Neill was with Sharon Tate shopping for baby clothes days before she was murdered by the Manson gang – and narrowly escaped death himself when, feeling unwell, he excused himself from the party at the Tate mansion just two hours before it started.

Formerly married to Faye Dunaway, his photograph of her in Beverley Hills, the morning after she won her Best Actress Oscar for Network, has been nominated as the most iconic Hollywood shot of all time.

Now in his 70s, O’Neill continues to work, most recently completing a week long assignment photographing Nelson Mandela behind closed doors for an intimate portrait of the statesman. He remains the photographer of choice for many household names today, such as Simon Cowell, and Gordon Ramsey, and has recently been awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary medal in recognition of his contribution to the art of photography.

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