Terry O'Neill - SPOTLIGHT: Photographs from A Private London Collection Online Auction London Friday, July 7, 2023 | Phillips
  • Another print of this image is currently exhibited as part of Terry O'Neill's major retrospective at Fotografiska, on view in New York until 16 September 2023.

    • Provenance

      Directly from the artist

    • Exhibited

      Terry O'Neill, Stars, Fotografiska New York, 2 June - 16 September 2023, another print exhibited

    • Literature

      T. O'Neill, Legends, London: Jonathan Cape, 1985, p. 110
      T. O'Neill, Celebrity, London: Little, Brown, 2003, p. 127, there dated '1971'
      Terry O'Neill: The A-Z of Fame, Woodbridge: ACC, 2013, p. 222
      T. O'Neill, Every Picture Tells a Story, Woodbridge: ACC, 2016, frontispiece, p. 129
      T. O’Neill, Terry O’Neill: The Opus, Woodbridge: ACC, 2019, p. 111

    • Artist Biography

      Terry O'Neill

      British • 1938 - 2019

      Terry O'Neill (1938-2019) was a British photographer who documented the great legends of pop culture throughout a career spanning over fifty years. His list of subjects includes The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the British Royal family, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Jean Shrimpton, Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot and Orson Welles, among others.

      In the 1960s, O’Neill used a 35mm film camera, a novelty for the time which offered a distinctly candid and more casual approach to photography. With the 35mm, O'Neill was able to create photographs discreetly, candidly and spontaneously, with less distance between him and his subjects. In 1963, his first ever photograph was published, a now classic image of The Beatles while they were recording their debut studio album, Please, Please Me, shot in the yard in the back of Abbey Studios. The iconic photographs O'Neill took of legends such as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Elton John helped establish a visual language for their larger-than-life personas early in the artists' careers.  According to O'Neill, "No one had ever photographed a pop group before so I could get away with anything. I just did what I thought a pop group should look like."  

      On photographing his famous sitters, O’Neill affirmed "You must like the people, that’s the key to any job." 

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Paul Newman and Lee Marvin

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
55.7 x 37 cm (21 7/8 x 14 5/8 in.)
Signed and numbered 38/50 in ink in the margin.

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£1,000 - 2,000 •♠

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SPOTLIGHT: Photographs from A Private London Collection Online Auction

7 - 14 July 2023