Terry O'Neill (photographer)

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Terry O'Neill
Terry ONeill Oct 09.jpg
Born Terence Patrick O'Neill
(1938-07-30) July 30, 1938 (age 75)
London, England
Occupation Photographer
Spouse(s) Vera Day
Faye Dunaway (1983–1987)
Laraine Ashton
Children Liam Dunaway O'Neill

Terry O'Neill (born July 30, 1938; London, UK) is a British photographer. 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.[1]

Career[edit]

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 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.[2]

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.

Iconic photographs[edit]

Terry O'Neill's iconic photographs of Elton John are among his most well-known. A selection of them appeared in the 2008 book, Eltonography. Also considered among his most famous images[3] are a series of shots showing American actress Faye Dunaway (his girlfriend at the time) at dawn on March 29, 1977, lounging next to the swimming pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel the morning after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for Network, with several newspapers scattered around her and her Oscar statuette prominently shown on a table beside her breakfast tray.[4][5] The series was photographed in both color and black & white. One black & white from the series hangs in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.[3]

Personal[edit]

O'Neill had a longtime relationship with Faye Dunaway. His son with Dunaway, Liam Dunaway O'Neill, was born in 1980. Terry was married to Faye from 1983 until 1986. In 2003, he was quoted in the U.S. tabloid magazine, Star, as saying Liam was adopted and not their biological son, contrary to Dunaway's public assertions.[6] Terry is currently married to Laraine Ashton, a former model agency executive.

O'Neill was also credited (as Terrence O'Neill) as an executive producer of the 1981 film Mommie Dearest.[7] His only other film credit was for still photography for the 1987 film, Aria.[8]

Exhibits[edit]

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.[9]

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.[10]

An exhibition featuring his photography of Elton John and Frank Sinatra was also featured at the San Francisco Art Exchange in San Francisco from July to August in 2009.[11]

A 2010 exhibition titled Terry O'Neill, Reworked, took a unique direction with Terry's photographs. Six artists were given their choice of the photographer's imagery to re-work as they wished. O'Neill made an appearance on British television with a selection of featured interpretations and their corresponding original photographs.[12] One vintage photograph of Sean Connery as his James Bond character, shot on the set of Diamonds Are Forever, was photo-realistically recreated using ballpoint pen. Terry expressed amazement at its four weeks completion time.

Leeds Gallery, an independent commercial art gallery in Leeds, West Yorkshire, held a retrospective exhibition of Terry O'Neill's photographs during September and October 2011.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rps.org/annual-awards/Centenary-Medal
  2. ^ http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/entertainment/articles/2010-09/01/gq-art-terry-oneill-guys-and-dolls-exhibit/clint-eastwood#ContentTop
  3. ^ a b "About the Art", background information published by the San Francisco Art Exchange. Accessed January 28, 2007.
  4. ^ O'Neill, Terry "Oscar Ennui" (1977) Rights owned by Getty Images.
  5. ^ O'Neill, Terry "Faye and Oscar" (1977) Image from print owned by Photographers Gallery, Los Angeles.
  6. ^ "Dunaway's Son Liam Adopted, Says Ex", ContactMusic news index, March 11, 2003. Accessed January 28, 2007.
  7. ^ Mommie Dearest (1981), IMDb profile. Accessed January 28, 2007
  8. ^ Aria (1987), IMDb profile. Accessed January 28, 2007
  9. ^ - Terry O'Neill at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London
  10. ^ Getty Image Gallery presents Terry O’Neill: Behind The Scene, Westfield London. Accessed June 22, 2009.
  11. ^ San Francisco Art Exchange: Artists | Terry O'Neill
  12. ^ ITV, UK; This Morning; Terry O’Neill speaks about the exhibition & contents; April 18, 2010
  13. ^ - Terry O'Neill at Leeds Gallery

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