Terry O’Neill: 50 Years at the Top

14 September - 13 November 2011


It was 50 years ago that Terry O’Neill first picked up a camera and began an astonishing career. First becoming a key photographer in London’s heady 1960s cultural milieu, he went on to capture most major stars of stage and screen and has helped to define our very notion of ‘celebrity’. From his famous photographs of Brigitte Bardot smoking a cigar and Faye Dunaway the morning after her Oscar win to his 2007 portrait of Amy Winehouse, these iconic images have made Terry one of the world’s most popular and collectible photographers.

Terry’s work forms a visual Who’s Who of cinema, rock and pop music, theatre and fashion over five decades. His sitters have included Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, Michael Caine, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. His photographs offer an intimate insight into their lives, both private and public.

The exhibition is a mix of striking modern prints that Terry O’Neill has created from his original negatives; many have been recently discovered during extensive research of his archive.

The catalogue for this show is a selection from three previous exhibitions of O’Neill’s work at the prestigious London gallery Chris Beetles Fine Photographs with additional pieces shown exclusively in Leeds. This exhibition is presented by Leeds Gallery in association with the Chris Beetles gallery in London and brings Terry O’Neill’s work to Yorkshire for the first time.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these photographs, or others by Terry O’Neill after the exhibition, please contact the gallery as we may be able to secure them directly from his archive.

                           


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Exhibition Catalogue

Brigitte Bardot - Spain (1971)

Signed and Numbered
No. 19 / 50


Type: Silver Gelatin Print
Date: 1971
Printed: 2010
Paper Size: 30" x 40"

£6000.00

Jean Shrimpton And Terence Stamp - London (1963)

Signed and Numbered
No. 50 / 50


Type: Silver Gelatin Print
Date: 1963
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Brian Jones - BBC Studios, London (1963)

Signed and Numbered
No. 8 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1963
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Jean Shrimpton - At A Doll's Hospital, London (1964)

Signed and Numbered
No. 24 / 50


Type: Silver Gelatin Print
Date: 1964
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Raquel Welch - In A Publicity Shot For 'One Million Years BC' (1968)

Signed and Numbered
No. 19 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1968
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Audrey Hepburn - Takes A Break During The Filming Of 'Two For The Road' (1967)

Signed and Numbered
A/P


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1967
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£2150.00

Frank Sinatra - With His Stand-In And Bodyguards Arriving On Location, Miami Beach (1968)

Signed and Numbered
A/P


Type: Digital Bromide Print
Date: 1968
Paper Size: 40" x 60"

£7800.00

Faye Dunaway - Los Angeles (1976)

Signed and Numbered
No. 31 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1976
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£2150.00

Lee Marvin - On The Set Of 'Pocket Money', Tucson, Arizona (1971)

Signed and Numbered
No. 17 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1971
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Paul Newman And Lee Marvin - In Costume For 'Pocket Money', Tucson, Arizona (1971)

Signed and Numbered
No. 27 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1971
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£2150.00

The Beatles - London (1963)

Signed and Numbered
No. 48 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1963
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£2150.00

John Lennon - In Rehearsal (1963)

Signed and Numbered
No. 31 / 50


Type: Silver Gelatin Print
Date: 1963
Printed: 2009
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

David Bowie - Working On The Album Cover For 'Diamond Dogs', London (1975)

Signed and Numbered
No. 33 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1975
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£2150.00

Elton John - Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (1975)

Signed and Numbered
No. 6 / 50


Type: Digital C-Type Print
Date: 1975
Paper Size: 30" x 40"

£5000.00

Amy Winehouse (2007)

Signed and Numbered
No. 12 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 2007
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Bruce Springsteen - On Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, To Promote Born To Run (1975)

Signed and Numbered
No. 13 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1975
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

The Who - Shepperton Studios, England (1978)

Signed and Numbered
No. 5 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1978
Paper Size: 28" x 28"

£4200.00

David Bailey (1967)

Signed and Numbered
No. 2 / 50


Type: Silver Gelatin Print
Date: 1967
Printed: 2010
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Marianne Faithfull - London (1964)

Signed and Numbered
No. 20 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1964
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Paul McCartney - At Ringo Starr's Wedding, London (1981)

Signed and Numbered
No. 21 / 50


Type: Silver Gelatin Print
Date: 1981
Printed: 2009
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Michael Caine And Bob Hoskins - Raymond Revuebar, London (1985)

Signed and Numbered
No. 3 / 50


Type: Silver Gelatin Print
Date: 1985
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Frank Sinatra - With Cigarette, Miami Beach (1968)

Signed and Numbered
No. 6 / 50


Type: Digital Bromide Print
Date: 1968
Paper Size: 20" x 30"

£2400.00

Michael Caine - During The Filming Of 'Get Carter', Newcastle (1971)

Signed and Numbered
No. 9 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1971
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Michael Caine - On The Set Of 'Get Carter', Newcastle (1971)

Signed and Numbered
No. 22 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1971
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Brigitte Bardot - On The Set Of 'Shalako' (1968)

Signed and Numbered
No. 28 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1968
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Audrey Hepburn - Takes A Break During The Filming Of 'Two For The Road' (1967)

Signed and Numbered
No. 28 / 50


Type: Digital C-Type Print
Date: 1967
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

The Rolling Stones - Outside The Donmar Rehearsal Theatre, Covent Garden, London (1963)

Signed and Numbered
No. 12 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1963
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Robert Mitchum - Holland (1986)

Signed and Numbered
No. 8 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1986
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Richard Burton - On The Set Of 'Staircase' (1969)

Signed and Numbered
No. 4 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1969
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Isabella Rossellini - Publicity Still For 'White Nights', London (1984)

Signed and Numbered
No. 26 / 50


Type: Silver Gelatin Print
Date: 1984
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Goldie Hawn - On The Set Of 'There's A Girl In My Soup', London (1970)

Signed and Numbered
No. 2 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1970
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Twiggy - London (1967)

Signed and Numbered
No. 4 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1967
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Honor Blackman - 'Pussy Galore', Miami (1964)

Signed and Numbered
No. 17 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1964
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Raquel Welch - In Myra Breckinridge (1970)

Signed and Numbered
No. 11 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1970
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Muhammad Ali - Trains in Dublin (1972)

Signed and Numbered
No. 6 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1972
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Sir Winston Churchill - Leaves Hospital, London, 21 August (1962)

Signed and Numbered
No. 8 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1962
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Bianca Jagger (1978)

Signed and Numbered
No. 2 / 50


Type: Digital Fibre Print
Date: 1978
Printed: 2011
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, John Carradine, And Peter Cushing In Costume For 'The House Of The Long Shadows', Hampshire, England (1983)

Signed and Numbered
No. 21 / 50


Type: Silver Gelatin Print
Date: 1983
Printed: 2010
Paper Size: 20" x 24"

£1850.00

Previous

Terry O'Neill

1938 – present

 

Terry O’Neill 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 whom, by happenstance, was revealed to be Britain’s Home Secretary. O’Neill thereafter found further employment on Fleet Street with The Daily Sketch in 1959. 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. Becoming good friends with Michael Caine and Richard Burton propelled O’Neill instantly to unique access to more stars, including the introduction of Elizabeth Taylor to David Bowie, creating a series of classic photographs. O’Neill spent his evenings at London’s Ad Lib Club where designers, photographers, actors and musicians spent time together discussing ideas. His long term relationship with academy award winner Faye Dunaway and friendship with the stars set’s Terry O’Neill apart.

His work features at the National Portrait Gallery in London and is considered one of the great British photographers of our time. He gained renown documenting the fashions, styles, and celebrities of the 1960s, and 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.

Terry O’Neill’s photographs display his knack for capturing his subjects candidly, or in unconventional settings, and is one of the great recorders of 20th century celebrity. He was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary medal ‘in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography’ in 2011.

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 up 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.

Terry O’Neill still mixes with many of the stars that he photographed in their prime. Perhaps this explains how he achieved such access – he was often as good a friend as he was a photographer.

The Sixties was an incredible time. Young people took over, creating their own cultural landscape on stage, in music, fashion and on the film set. I was lucky. Seriously lucky. I was in the right place at the right time. But I never realised then that we were remaking the world in our own image – or that mine would become such a testament to the time. And the freedom I was given, on film sets, backstage and just rubbing shoulders with my mates who became these icons, simply isn’t allowed to photographers today. Now image is everything; the stars are brands and their managements control access and publication, so we never get to see them as they really are at work, rest or play.


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