As one of my first assignments I photographed a new, upcoming band…The Beatles at Abbey Road recording studios! This shot was the first time a pop group appeared on the front page of a British national newspaper. And the newspaper sold out.
Jean Shrimpton and Terence Stamp, London, 1963. This image established actor Stamp and Shrimpton, the first supermodel, as the icons of the Swinging 60s. They were new, young and fresh – that was what the Sixties was all about.
Frank Sinatra on the boardwalk, Miami, 1968. This picture was taken on the first day of filming, as Frank walked from his hotel The Fontainebleu, to the set of The Lady in Cement. This was the first time I ever saw Frank and I was astonished how the power of his presence mesmerized onlookers as he walked casually by.
Brigitte Bardot, Spain, 1971. During rehearsals for The Legend of Frenchie King, I noticed that when the wind gusted there was the potential for a great picture. When the time came, I only had one frame left – one shot at it. Suddenly the wind swept her hair across her face, and it was a knock-out.
Audrey Hepburn with dove, St Tropez, 1967. I was taking some portraits of Audrey on the set of Two for the Road when out of nowhere this dove landed on her shoulder. I was lucky to capture a couple of frames before it flew off.
Kate Moss, London, 1993. Another girl, like Naomi Campbell, who couldn't look bad on camera if she went six weeks without sleep and got dragged through a hedge backwards every day. Certain models like Kate just seem to hypnotise the lens. She can turn on every emotion for the camera from joy to rage and nail the shot. She's that rare type of woman, like Raquel Welch, who just knows what the camera wants.
The Rolling Stones Tin Pan Alley, London, 1963. After his success with The Beatles, emerging 60s pop groups clamoured to be photographed by O'Neill. One was called The Rolling Stones. But newspapers regarded the Stones as too ugly for publication. One however famously used Terry’s photograph alongside another of The Dave Clark Five and headlined it ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Faye Dunaway, Los Angeles, 1977. No image better captures both the allure and the loneliness of celebrity than this, of Faye Dunaway [Terry’s future wife] the morning after the night she won her Oscar for Network. I wanted to capture a look of dazed confusion, the state of utter shock that Oscar winners enter when it dawns on them that their lives and bankability have changed forever.
David Bowie, Diamond Dogs, London, 1974. Taken as a publicity shoot for Diamond Dogs. I started to shoot with the dog sitting quietly beside Bowie. But suddenly the Great Dane got over excited and reared six feet into the air barking madly. This terrified the life out of everyone in the studio, except Bowie who didn’t even flinch.