Terry O’Neil

November 18, 2019

Terry O’Neill ( 1938 – 2019 )

Iconic portrait photographer

“As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will forever remain imprinted in our memories as well as in our hearts and minds.” Rolling Stones.

Terry O’Neill a British iconic portrait photographer died at the age of 81 at his home in London following a long battle with cancer. We are left with his iconic portraits that include Brigitte Bardot, Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela and countless musical artists.

“Michael Caine was the man who made Terry O’Neill a star, though not a lot of people know that. When O’Neill first went to the US in 1966, to photograph Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion in Chicago, the live-in bunnies thought he was nothing but the living embodiment of Caine’s blue-collar rogue. It was the voice that did it, a voice that the girls would knock on his door at night just to hear, then giggle and run away. For a shy 27-year-old former jazz drummer, this was the world as it was meant to be, not the slow, foggy world of his childhood.” GQ Magazine UK.

ACDC Portrait by Terry O’Neill

ACDC Portrait by Terry O’Neill an iconic portrait photographer.

Interview with Terry O’Neill

Digital Camera World

“My first camera that I ever had in Fleet Street was the Canon [7 rangefinder] with the f/0.95 lens. It was 88 or 96 quid, I think. I loved that camera – it had a trigger handle at the bottom; it was fab.”

Who was the most interesting person you met whilst working?

“Frank Sinatra was a king – he was a fabulous
bloke to work with. But they’re all great people,
I’m just lucky to have met them all. Sinatra was just ‘the guv’nor’ wherever he went and you knew if you worked with him, and you got close to him, that you were amongst the top of your tree. He only used the best musicians and I was the photographer – everyone was the best, so you felt good about it.”

David Bowie

David Bowie by Terry O’Neill (1938 -2019) who left us last Saturday and will be remembered by his outstanding works.

Terry O’Neill

Photographing the Beattles

O’Neill later recalled: “I was asked to go down to Abbey Road Studios and take a few portraits of this new band. I didn’t know how to work with a group, but because I was a musician myself and the youngest on staff by a decade, I was always the one they’d ask. I took the four young lads outside for better light. That portrait ran in the papers the next day and the paper sold out. That band became the biggest band in the world, the Beatles”. The Guardian

Chuck Berry by Terry O’Neill (1938 -2019)

Chuck Berry by Terry O’Neill (1938 -2019) who captured the image of thousands over the expand of 6 decades.

Terry O’Neill


“Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most celebrated and collected photographers. His career began at age 22 and he was soon freelancing for some of the world’s most prestigious publications. He helped create the photographic icons of the ’60s and the buzz that became “Swinging London,” and his work hangs in galleries and private collections worldwide.”… Buy his works at Icon Gallery

Terry O’Neill

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Terry O’Neill featured in theguardian.com as interviewed for photographing the beattles, Churcill, Sammy Davis Jr. and Racquel Welch.

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