Terry O'Neill

April 27, 2019
Audrey Hepburn, 1966
Audrey Hepburn, 1966

Terry O'Neill is a British photographer whose work is hanging in national art galleries and private collections the world over. Terry O'Neill is primarily known for his distinctive and idiosyncratic style of candid portraits taken of celebrities since the 1960's. His fame arose from his ability to capture the aesthetic, fashion and style of these celebrities while also using unconventional settings, locations and backgrounds. This uncustomary style of candid photography helps to distinguish Terry O'Neill's work and allowed him to become one of the most famous and widely collected living photographers of our time.

Born in London on the 30th of July 1939, Terry O'Neill's photographic career began while working as a commercial photographer for 'The Daily Sketch'. His work for the tabloid newspaper, in which he captured portraits of public figures such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Royal Family, were noted for their intimate composition and unstaged quality. It can be said that no other living photographer has embraced and captured the span and many styles of fame quite like Terry O'Neill. His snapshots of icons such as Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Frank Sinatra and every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig cement Terry O'Neill as a defining and powerful force in the world of photography. His images have embellished everything from rock albums, to magazine covers to film posters and have helped to outline the collective image of our most famous celebrities, as well defining the "look" of the Swingin' Sixties in London.

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