Terry O’Neill’s self-portrait. Pic: Iconic images from Terry O’Neill
Iconic photographer Terry O’Neill, one of the swinging 60’s chroniclers, died at the age of 81.
Ellie Brown, editorial licensing director at Iconic Images, who licensed the pictures of O’Neill, said he “passed away” on Saturday night after a long illness “quietly at home.”
He photographed a series of celebrities during the 1960s, one of the glory days of photography art, and helped to create the sense that London was one of the coolest places on the planet.

Terry O’Neill’s pictures of The Rolling Stones and Roger Moore and two Bond girls. Pics: O’Neill/Iconic Images
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Judy Garland, Michael Caine, Terence Stamp, Raquel Welch and Brigitte Bardot were among his subjects.
Over the next five decades, he continued to take photos of high-profile celebrities, establishing close working relationships with pop stars such as Elton John and David Bowie.
He also snapped Royal Family members, such as the Queen, and several statesmen, including Nelson Mandela, during his lifetime.
A photo of Amy Winehouse at the height of her fame in 2008 was among his most recent work. Ms Brown said: “Terry was a class act, quick witted and filled with charm.
“Anyone who has been lucky enough to know and work with him can bear witness to his generosity and modesty. As one of the most influential photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will stay in our memories as well as in our hearts and minds forever.”

Photographs of Brigitte Bardot and Kate Moss by Terry O’Neill.
Terence Patrick O’Neill, who was born in 1938 in Heston, West London, grew up expecting to become a priest but eventually became a drummer.
He was looking for work at the BOAC airline, hoping to be able to travel around the world to get session work, but began to take pictures of people arriving and departing-work that gave him a job in a newspaper.
He continued to take photographs that defined an era.
He subsequently said:”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 out for better light. That portrait ran the next day in the papers and the paper was sold out. That band became the world’s largest band; The Beatles.”

Photographs of Amy Winehouse and David Bowie by Terry O’Neill. Pics: Iconic images of O’Neill
Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Shrimpton, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford were among the other stars he photographed, whose photographs became famous in themselves.
Like other famous celebrity photographers of his time, he moved among the rich and famous circles and ended up marrying one of his most famous subjects, Faye Dunaway.
The permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London includes a picture of the Hollywood star, one of a series he took the day after winning an Oscar for her appearance in the 1976 film network, with papers scattered around a table on which a statuette sits as she lounges next to a swimming pool.
By the time he died, his art works were hanging around the world in over 40 galleries and museums.

The day after she won the Best Actress Oscar in 1976, American actress Faye Dunaway. Pic: Iconic pictures by Terry O’Neill
Robin Morgan, Iconic Images ‘ former editor and CEO of The Sunday Times Magazine said:”No other photographer worked the front line of fame for so long and with such panache, “All dropped their guard to his mischief, charm and wit. It explains why so many of his subjects remained lifelong friends.”


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