Terry O'Neill: Screen Sirens & Rock Rebels is currently exhibiting at London's Proud Galleries, here are some selected highlights.
The Beatles, London, 1963. Terry was sent to photograph a new band The Beatles for The Daily Sketch. This shot was the first public picture of the Beatles, and was the first time a pop group appeared on the front page of a British national newspaper.
David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, Beverly Hills, 1975.
He says: "Liz asked me to bring David to her home in Hollywood to discuss a role in a movie she was planning. Bowie arrived hours late and Taylor was not amused. I couldn't believe that he kept the biggest superstar in the world waiting, but I managed to persuade the two of them to pose together to lighten the mood."
Paul McCartney at Ringo Starr's wedding, London, 1981.
As a trusted friend, Terry was invited to photograph Ringo’s wedding to the actress and model, Barbara Bach. The reception was an outlandish spectacular – a who’s who of music and show business. Paul found a lone piano and started to play; “before we knew it, everyone was singing along,” he remembers.
The Rolling Stones, First TV Appearance.
The Rolling Stones are pictured here during rehearsals for ABC television's Thank you Lucky Stars. Terry says: "At the time, we didn’t think it would last – we’d all joke about what jobs we would have to get when it was all over – Ringo was going to open a hair salon and John and I would end up in a bank."
Raquel Welch Los Angeles, 1970. Terry says: “I wanted to symbolize the dilemma facing Welch as the female sex symbol of the decade - ‘crucified’ for her sexuality by the movie industry and the wider public who did not take her seriously as an actress. It was deemed too controversial for use at the time."
Rod Stewart, Windsor, 1971.
He says: “When I was shooting Rod Stewart at his home in Old Windsor, I noticed that his leopard skin suit matched that of the horses in the field next door and thought it would make for a fun shot.”
Brigitte Bardot, Deauville, 1968.
Brigitte Bardot is one of Terry’s favourite subjects, pictured at a producer’s lunch during the filming of ‘Shalako’. “It was extraordinary, I found it impossible to take a bad shot of her - she was the most natural, beautiful subject,” he remembers.
Eric Clapton, Surrey, England, 1987.
Eric Clapton poses with his beloved guitar at home in Surrey. Terry most recently shot Eric Clapton’s latest album cover.
Audrey Hepburn, St Tropez, 1967.
He says: “Audrey was one of a kind. There never was and never will be another.” Terry O’Neill: Screen Sirens & Rock Rebels, Proud Chelsea, 8th December 2011 – 23rd January 2012.