London’s boutique photographic gallery, The Little Black Gallery, is currently hosting an exhibition of work by Terry O’Neill – acknowledged as one of the greatest British photographers of the 20th century. Also one of the world’s most collected photographers, his images are exhibited in national art galleries and private collections around the globe.
O’Neill rose to international recognition during the 1960s, capturing remarkably candid, and often unconventional, images of the celebrities and styles of the time. His subjects ranged from political figures such as Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela to personalities from the world of entertainment and fashion – a list which includes Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Frank Sinatra, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Shrimpton – and every James Bond, from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan.
Terry O’Neill was photographing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in 1963, before they became international stars. He was a pioneer of backstage reportage photography, snapping performers such as Elton John, David Bowie, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry, and his images have featured on countless covers of rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.
Referring to Terry O’Neill as “one of the greatest photographers we have ever produced on these shores”, Gallery co-founder, Tamara Beckwith, says: “It is only fitting that we should celebrate his achievement with an exhibition of his most iconic images.”
According to The Independent, The Best of Terry O’Neill is the exhibition “everybody is talking about”, it’s Black + White Magazine’s ‘Exhibition of the Month’, and it’s amongst Time Out’s ‘Top 10 Photography Exhibitions in London’.
The Little Black Gallery – established by Tamara Beckwith, Lindsey Carlos Clarke and Ghislain Pascal in 2008 – specialises in contemporary images from around the world. Voted the No 1 emerging art gallery in London by Downtown Traveler Magazine USA, it was also selected as one of ‘Britain’s best places to see’ by Cool Places. Co-owned today by Tamara Beckwith and Ghislain Pascal, it is also home to the Bob Carlos Clarke Foundation, and has a permanent room dedicated to his work.
The Best of Terry O’Neill – supported by Olympus – is at The Little Black Gallery until 1st March 2014 – www.thelittleblackgallery.com