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Legendary Photographer Terry O’Neill talk to Highsnobiety about His Favorite Celebrities to Shoot, Social Media & More…

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s greatest celebrity photographers. With highly-collectable pieces hanging in galleries and private collections worldwide, O’Neill helped pioneer the concept of celebrity culture during the Swinging Sixties, something we now take for granted.

Few photographers can match O’Neill’s breadth of work, capturing everyone from David Bowie to Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra to Elvis, the Queen to Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela to Tony Blair, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, even Gordon Ramsay – the list goes on and on.

Now O’Neill is revisiting where is all began. The 79-year-old photographer is creating a new, huge outdoor exhibition that celebrates “Faces of Kensington and Chelsea.” Transforming Sloane Square into a dynamic public art space, the exhibition is taking place during the Kensington and Chelsea Art Weekend (July 27 to July 29). Having lived and worked around Kensington and Chelsea most of his life, this special art project will celebrate those amazing faces who brought, and continue to bring, art and culture to this Central London borough.

We caught up with him to talk photography tips, being on stage with Elton John in front of 100,000 people and getting on the wrong side of Steve McQueen.


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