Terry O'Neill - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Iconic Images, London

  • Literature

    Little, Brown, Celebrity: The Photographs of Terry O'Neill, p. 16, pp. 134-135
    O'Neill, Terry O'Neill: The A-Z of Fame, pp. 104-105
    O'Neill, Every Picture Tells a Story, cover, p. 65

  • 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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Faye Dunaway, Hollywood

Chromogenic print, printed later, flush-mounted.
35 1/2 x 36 in. (90.2 x 91.4 cm)
Overall 41 7/8 x 41 3/8 in. (106.4 x 105.1 cm)

Signed, numbered 4/50 by the artist and additionally signed by Faye Dunaway in ink in the margin. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $25,400

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New York Auction 11 October 2023