Terence Patrick O’Neill who began his career as a photographer for a London based airline rose to fame and success because of his candidly captured photos of celebrities, fashion, and style in the 1960s.
Terry was a splendid photographer of the 60s that he documented the best of the public figures who defined that era. The 1960s were a time of cultural revolution in Britain, and photographers of that time were capturing wars and politics but Terry concentrated on film, fashion, and music.
Terry was one of the first people who captured shots of the then-struggling young bands Beatles and the rolling stones. His pictures were loved by the public and from then he was the man behind some of the most beloved movie posters, international magazine covers, and historic shots of the pop world.
What was most liked about him or made him an exceptional photographer for over six decades is that he caught the very famous at their very best. Terry’s span of fame is unmatchable because he has captured 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 to Daniel Craig.
Terry’ s lenses were very great at capturing the A-list celebrities in their never seen before looks coz of his unconventional settings and having his photogenic subjects just the way they are.
His works are still celebrated and so liked by people that his iconic imagery is part of many national art galleries, private collections worldwide and featured in numerous exhibitions. Some outstanding work of his is held at National Portrait Gallery, London.
Terry who died at the age of 81, on November 16, 2019, following a long illness is surely a man who created the images that defines the “swinging London” of the 1960s.