Terry O'Neill is renowned as one of the finest photographers Britain has ever produced, achieving his greatest success documenting the swinging sixties. This success ensured that he had access to many high-profile stars; he made a point of photographing anyone that he admired, becoming one of the most published photographers of the 1960 and 70s, his work appearing in Life, Newsweek, People and Vogue , Paris Match, Playboy or Rolling Stone , to name but a few.
Terry's success as a photographer went hand in hand with the camaraderie of creative London of the time. Friendships with stars such as Michael Caine and Richard Burton meant that he could bring people together for photographic shoots. When Elizabeth Taylor wanted to meet David Bowie, Terry brought them together for a series of classic pictures. During the 1980s Terry became the photographer of choice for Hollywood. Terry's success continued into the 1990s and with sixty-five pictures held by London's National Portrait Gallery, he is today revered as one of the Greatest Britain photographers.
From Publishers Weekly
"O'Neill notes that he has a friendship with each of the celebrities included in this first collection of his photographs; indeed, he is married to one of them, Faye Dunaway. The black-and-white portraits, revealing of their subjects, show O'Neill to be a gifted artist. He captures private momentsJanis Joplin preparing to perform, Jane Fonda resting between takes at a filming, Albert Finney exercisingand special timesa pregnant Sharon Tate showing off baby clothes 10 days before her death, Peter Sellers hamming with Lord Snowdon, the first meeting between Elizabeth Taylor and David Bowie. There are shots of Mick Jagger dressed in a business suit, Frank Sinatra on location in Florida with his bodyguards, Sammy Davis Jr. rehearsing, Lawrence Olivier in drag. A glittering photo album of stars."
"Terry O'Neill rates rightly as one of the best photographers in the world. He captures something special"
In the following set of pictures you will recognize celebrities like: Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Elton John, Dustin Hoffman, Mick Jagger, Brigitte Bardot, Sting, Winston Churchill, Muhammed Ali, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Michael Caine, Faye Dunaway, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Raquel Welch.
* Pictures -Courtesy of Terry O'Neill