November 6, 2020 at 4:18 pm  •  Posted in Art, Artists, Photography, Zebra one Gallery by  •  0 Comments

Bowie And Taylor


To celebrate the life of late, great photographer Terry O’Neill, Zebra One Gallery will launch retrospective exhibition, Terry  O’Neill: The Vintage Collection, featuring rare or previously unseen images of icons including David Bowie, Elton John,  Raquel Welch, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Liza Minelli. 


Daltrey With Dogs

 In the last five years, his archive of two million negatives has  been revisited, unearthing rare, vintage prints of some of  history’s most pivotal celebrity moments. Thirteen particularly  exciting, signed prints will be unveiled for this exhibition,  which runs at the Hampstead gallery from 15 – 29 September.  Many of these have never been seen before and with the  death of the photographer last year, his work can no longer  be reproduced in terms of chemistry, paper quality or  authenticity.

Raquel Welch

The show includes a unique contact sheet (the only known  print in existence) of a now-legendary 1974 David Bowie  shoot, signed by both Bowie and O’Neill, who described the  singer as his “creative muse” and captured his shapeshifting  evolution from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke and  beyond. 

David Bowie

The Los Angeles shoot was to promote Bowie’s Diamond  Dogs Tour and shows the star smoking, in a yellow suit. On  the recto of the contact sheet are the initials ‘DB’ in  Chinagraph, indicating Bowie’s favourite image from the  shoot, which was later gifted to him by O’Neill. 

Frank Sinatra

It also features a 1975 shot of Elizabeth Taylor and David  Bowie in Los Angeles. Taylor was desperate to meet Bowie,  so she asked O’Neill – who knew everybody – to bring him to  lunch, because she wanted him to star in her next film. He  was four hours late for the lunch, leaving the Hollywood  superstar fuming. But, thanks to her love for O’Neill, Taylor  still agreed to shoot some sultry and spectacular shots with  the rockstar, who won her over. He did not get the part in the  movie and the session remained buried and unseen, until it  was rediscovered by Terry forty years later. 


Paul Newman & Lee Marvin

Another image shows an out-take from press shots for 1971  comedy western Pocket Money, shot in Arizona and starring  Paul Newman and Lee Marvin. O’Neill revealed that Marvin  was mostly indisposed due to alcohol during the making of  the film and refused to come out of his trailer. But he made an  exception for O’Neill. As Marvin was a much larger man than  Newman, O’Neill persuaded him to bend slightly at the knee  and encouraged Newman to stretch up straight so that they  both appeared the same size, in the shoot. 

Dietrich Curtain Call

Other stars included in the exhibition include: The Beatles  with Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Elton John and  Davey Johnstone, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Liza  Minelli, Henry Cooper and Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch,  Robert Redford and Richard Helms, Sammy Davis Jr. and  Roger Daltrey. 

Faye Dunaway


Over six decades, O’Neill earned a place atop the pantheon  of history-making, iconic British photographers. He forged  long lasting relationships with everybody from Frank Sinatra,  Michael Caine, Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway – who he  married – and is the only photographer to have photographed  every actor to play James Bond and every British Prime  Minister from Winston Churchill to Gordon Brown. He  captured The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at the  beginning of their careers and documented the most  influential film, music and political faces of our time. 

Liza Minelli & Judy Garland

The work of Terry O’Neill is held in national and private  collections with no fewer than 75 portraits in  London’s National Portrait Gallery alone. 


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