”Thank you for my wonderful medal and making a fabulous evening so memorable. This is the greatest honour I have ever received and I will cherish it.“Terry O'Neill, HonFRPS
Terry O'Neill is one of the world's most collected photographers, his work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. For over six decades, he has captured the great and the good, from stage and screen stars, to musicians and politicians.
O’Neill went freelance after starting out in newspapers, and throughout the 1960s and 1970s his photographs could be found in the likes of Rolling Stone, Vogue, Life, and Paris Match.
O’Neill became a pioneer of backstage reportage, shooting musicians such as David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry and The Who, for whom he shot the historic Who Are You album cover.
Dividing his time between America and London, O’Neill became popular with Hollywood film studios, producing a large number of posters, as well a being photographer for the 75th anniversary of Paramount Pictures in 1987. His images of stars such as Frank Sinatra and Brigitte Bardot have gained an iconic status completely separate from their subjects.
More recently, he set up the Terry O’Neill Award. Recognised as one of the top international awards in the industry, it provides a showcase for up-and-coming talent.
He was awarded The Society's Centenary Medal given 'in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography' in 2011.