Terry O’Neill is one of the most celebrated and collected photographers in the world. No one has captured the front lines of fame so comprehensively – and for so long. For more than 50 years, he has photographed rock stars and presidents, royalty and movie stars, at work, at play and in private. He pioneered backstage reportage photography with Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Sir Elton John and Chuck Berry, and his work is an important chronicle of rock ‘n’ roll history.
Over the past three years, his archive has been extensively cataloged. In the process, more than 2 million negatives have been sifted through, revealing images not seen in his 53-year career. His use of 35mm cameras on film sets and at early pop music shows in the 1960s opened up a new visual art form that harnessed photojournalism and revolutionized formal portrait photography. His work captured the iconic, candid, and unguarded moments of the famous and infamous-from Ava Gardner to Amy Winehouse, from Churchill to Nelson Mandela, from the first photos of young emerging bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. O’ Neill photographed Frank Sinatra for more than 30 years, amassing a unique archive of more than 3,000 Sinatra negatives.
ACC Art Books, ISBN9781788840286, hardcover, 352 pages, 105 color and 212 black-and-white photos in book.