Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
British • 1938
Terry O'Neill is a British photographer who, since the early 1960s, has been documenting the great legends of pop. 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 the-then-still novel 35mm film camera that 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."
O'Neill's career as celebrity portraitist has spanned over fifty years, and the photographer continues to photograph his favorite sitters such as Eric Clapton.
Raquel Welch on the cross
signed "Terry O'Neill" lower right; further numbered "16/50" lower left
Lambda C-Type print
48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Executed in 1970, this work is number 16 of an edition of 50 plus 10 artist's proof.