Terry O'Neill

b. 1938
d. 2019




From presidents to pop stars, Terry chronicled the emerging faces of film, fashion and music.

Terry O’Neill CBE was one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. From presidents to pop stars he photographed the frontline of fame for over six decades.

Terry's career began when he was working on a photographic unit for an airline at London’s Heathrow Airport. Terry photographed a sleeping figure which revealed to be Home Secretary Rab Butler. The photo was used on the front cover of the Sunday Dispatch and announced his fame in photography.

Terry O’Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s. While other photographers concentrated on earthquakes, wars and politics, O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the Swinging Sixties. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.

No other 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 to Daniel Craig.

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, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

Terry O'Neill passed away in November 2019.

Terry O'Neill
Terry O'Neill


Terry O’Neill: 'Every Picture Tells A Story', A Retrospective, 30 July - 29 August 2020

Terry O’Neill: 'Every Picture Tells A Story', A Retrospective

30 July - 29 August 2020
Maddox Gallery in Gstaad, Switzerland, is proud to announce the first retrospective of works by renowned British photographer Terry O’Neill, since he passed away in November 2019, bringing together a collection of rare and iconic works from throughout O’Neill’s long and illustrious career.


Why The Photography Market Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down
August 5, 2020

Why The Photography Market Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down

"Historically photography has been secondary to paintings and prints but recently a new breed of collectors have turned to editioned prints by both contemporary cutting-edge photographers and established masters as a form of investment. Tightly monitored small editions most usually signed have begun to set new records at auction." – Maeve Doyle, Artistic Director at Maddox Gallery Terry O'N…
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