Rare photo of Elton John by Terry O’Neill
Vintage press photo shot by Terry O’Neill in the 70’s, in Cannes (France)
Did you know ? Elton John is known for his eccentric outfits and matching eyeglasses. Now, the legendary British singer has recently revealed just how many pairs of glasses he has 250,000 !!!!
Sze: 4″½ w x 9″½ h
About the Photographer:
Terry O’Neill (born July 30, 1938; London, UK) is a British photographer. He gained renown documenting the fashions, styles, and celebrities of the 1960s. O’Neill’s photographs display his knack for capturing his subjects candidly or in unconventional settings. His work has also been featured in numerous exhibitions. He was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary medal ‘in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography’ in 2011.
At 75, and despite his insistence that he “doesn’t enjoy taking photographs any more”,
Terry O’Neill ain’t slowing down.
“I think he’s the greatest player in the world,” enthuses O’Neill. “It was truly a great honor.” Wistfully he says the shoot came just too late to be included in his sumptuous autobiography, a life told in photographs arranged A-Z. But why share his archive now? “I just wanted to do a big fuck-off book, once and for all.”
As a 20-year-old jazz drummer who applied for a job with British Airways to hitch to New York, he was offered a position in BA’s photographic unit. Graduating to Fleet Street, he captured the moment that Mary Quant’s mini-skirt and Vidal Sassoon’s style “changed the world”.
From Bardot and Hepburn to the Queen, Mandela to Sinatra and all the Bonds (he is the only person to have photographed every 007), his rapport with subjects made him legendary. He dated ’60s muse Jean Shrimpton, married Faye Dunaway and snapped emerging rock royalty The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
“There are very few people that have escaped my eye. It was only when I finished my career did I realise what I’d done,” he admits. “I’ve done the best people ever. And there will never be people to match them. Ever.” (source: The Big Issue – May 2013)