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Published on December 3rd, 2009 | by Christian


Terry O’Neill: Intimate

The Beatles by Terry O'NeillFor most, the name Terry O’Neill immediately evokes a golden era of movies and music, of superstars and events that shaped the world. Terry’s work is unique in that it not only allows a glimpse of some of histories most famous stars, but usually goes a step further and brings you right into their private lives. Not only did Terry photograph icons like The Beatles, Dustin Hoffman, Frank Sinatra and Muhammad Ali, but who also got to experience who they were. Many of Terry’s subjects opened up to him in ways that no one had ever experienced before.

With a career spanning over 45 years, like most of us, Terry came from his own humble beginnings. Although known as a ‘cockney lad’, both Terry’s parents were Irish and he himself playfully asserts that he was most likely conceived in Dingle. He had his first photographic job working at London’s Heathrow Airport but quickly went on to become a regular Fleet Street photographer at the age of just 22. Throughout the 60’s Terry’s reputation grew in leaps and bounds, with opportunities opening up for him to photograph members of the British Royal Family and several leading politicians.

Faye Dunaway by Terry O'NeillAll of this makes it odd to think that before November of this year Terry’s work had never been publicly displayed. Thankfully though the good people over at Kildare Village have brought Terry and some of his most amazing work to Ireland for the exhibition ‘Intimate’. The exhibition opened on the 24th November and will run until January 2010. This is a fantastic opportunity to see one of the 20th centurys’ greatest photographers in a really intimate setting. The exhibition is specially devoted to Terry’s incredible archive of film stars, musicians and sports personalities.

The free exhibition is running at Kildare Village until mid-January 2010 and is well worth visiting.

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