Terry O'Neill - A Classic Vision: Photographs from A Private European Collection London Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London

  • Literature

    Celebrity: The Photographs of Terry O'Neill, London: Little, Brown, 2003, pp. 13, 156-157
    T. O'Neill, Sinatra: Frank and Friendly, A Unique Photographic Memoir of a Legend, London: Evans Mitchell, 2007, pp. 46-47

  • Artist Biography

    Terry O'Neill

    British • 1938 - 2019

    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. 

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Frank Sinatra on the Boardwalk, Miami

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
26.4 x 40.4 cm (10 3/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
Signed in ink in the margin.

£2,000 - 3,000 • ♠

Sold for £7,560

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A Classic Vision: Photographs from A Private European Collection

Online Auction 16 - 23 November 2022