Terry O'Neill


Terry O'Neill Biography

British, 1938–2019


Terry O’Neill CBE is 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.

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 embraced the span of fame like Terry O'Neill. He captured 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, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

2022, Terry O'Neill: Stars, Fotografiska, Stockholm and New York
2018, ‘Faces of Kensington & Chelsea’ through generations from the swinging 60’s to today, Iconic Images, London
2018, ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY by Terry O'Neill, OSME Fine Art
2016, BOWIE by O'NEILL, Mouche Gallery, Beverly Hills
2015, Two Days That Rocked The World - Terry O'Neill, Mouche Gallery, Beverly
2015, Terry O'Neill | All About Bond, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
2014, Terry O'Neill, Mouche Gallery, Beverly Hills
2014, Terry O'Neill: "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today...", Gallery 270
2003–2004 Terry O'Neill: Celebrity, National Portrait Gallery, London

2018, SINATRA: MY KIND OF TOWN, Hilton Asmus, Chicago
2018, The Icon Collection, ArtStar
2018, Splash!, Staley-Wise Gallery
2018, Summer Exhibition, Box Galleries, London
2018, Cali Vibes, ArtStar

2019, Canvas Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019, Canvas Gallery
2018, Hilton Asmus at SOFA CHICAGO 2018, Hilton Asmus
2018, Hilton Asmus at Art Aspen 2018, Hilton Asmus
2015, Beetles + Huxley at Photo Shanghai 2015, Huxley-Parlour
2015, Gallery 270 at ArtHamptons 2015, Gallery 270