Frank Sinatra Smoking by Terry O’Neill

Terry O’Neill is an English photographer who gained praise for documenting the fashions, styles, and celebrities of the 1960s.

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 Pierce Brosnan.

Created

1968

Medium

silver gelatin print

Presentation

Edition of 50

Size

20 x 24″, 30 x 40″, 48 x 72″

Signed

Signed and numbered

Genre

Fashion

Frank Sinatra Smoking by Terry O’Neill

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers whose work hangs in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. For over six decades, he has photographed the frontline of fame, from the greats of screen and stage to presidents, prime ministers and rock stars.He gained renown documenting the fashions, styles, and celebrities of the 1960s. O’Neill’s photographs display his knack for capturing his subjects candidly or in unconventional settings. His work has also been featured in numerous exhibitions. He was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary medal ‘in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography’ in 2011.

Terry began his career working in a photographic unit for an airline at London’s  Heathrow Airport. During this time, he photographed a sleeping figure in a waiting area who, by happenstance, was revealed to be Britain’s Home Secretary. O’Neill  His first professional job was photographing Laurence Olivier. His reputation grew during the 1960s. In addition to photographing the decade’s show-business elite such as Judy Garland, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones  he also photographed members of the British Royal Family and prominent politicians, showing a more natural and human side to these subjects than had usually been portrayed before.

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 Pierce Brosnan. He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963, pioneered backstage reportage photography with David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

Retrospective exhibitions of Terry O’Neill’s photographs have been held on three occasions at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London, in 2006, 2010 and 2011. They continue to be the main representatives of his work.In July 2009, a collection of work spanning his whole career was the subject of an exhibition at the Getty Image Gallery in the Village, Westfield Shopping Centre, London.

 
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