Thursday, 6 February 2014

Review of The Best of Terry O’Neill at the Little Black Gallery

The Best of Terry O’Neill
The Little Black Gallery
14 January – 1 March 2014

Like many of the best photographers, Terry O’Neill (born 1938) was not trained in his profession, starting out, in fact, as an air steward; unlike many others, however, he has never even owned a camera, preferring instead to rent, as and when necessity arises. Although some of his shots of film stars and celebrities are undeniably worthy of their iconic status, capturing moments that many wait a lifetime to shoot, his success is, according to those who’ve worked with him, largely also thanks to his personality, which lacks ego of any sort. Such an easy-going nature is perhaps the number one criterion for working with those who have ego enough for two or even three!

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