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Terry O & # 39; Neal: British photographer dies at 81



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British photographer Terry O'Neal poses for his Nelson Mandela 90 work in 2009

The death of British photographer Terry O & # 39; Nile, whose work captured iconic images of the London swing of the 1960s.

O'Neal, 81, had prostate cancer and died at home Saturday night after a long illness, his agency said.

He photographed celebrities – including the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton Johnson and the Queen – and received a CBE for photography services last month.

BBC Arts correspondent David Silito said Onil's work helped define the 1960s on a swing.

Born in London, O'Neal left school hoping to become a jazz drummer but ended up working in a photographic unit at London's Heathrow Airport.

He then captured then-Home Secretary Rab Butler, improperly dressed and sleeping on a bench.

The painting helped O'Neill get a job as a newspaper photographer on Fleet Street, where he was assigned to capture the portrait of the new band – The Beatles.

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O'Neal photographed the Beatles in the back yard of London's Abbey Road studio – it was one of their first professional portraits and helped make the photographer famous in his own way

After receiving his CBE at Buckingham Palace, Mr O & # 39; Neal said the award "goes beyond anything that has happened to me in life".

He photographed the Queen twice. In 2012, he revealed on BBC Island Discs on Radio 4 how he made her smile during a second photo session in 1992 – a year described by the queen as "anus horobilis" – recounting the joke of horses.

"The second time was great," he said. "It was a bad year, as she said. And I just made her laugh because I noticed the first time she laughed, she made a great picture."

Sir Elton Johnson, whom O'Neal has photographed on numerous occasions, was among those who had to pay tribute to the photographer. on Twittersaying: "He was brilliant, funny and I absolutely loved his company."

Comedian and children's author David Williams called O'Neal a "tremendous talent and an absolute gentleman" and said his death was "the end of an era".

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Elton Johnson describes O'Neal as "brilliant and funny"

Iconic Images, the agency that represents O'Neal's work, said it was "a classic act, lavish and charmed".

The spokesman added: "Anyone fortunate enough to know or work with him can attest to his generosity and modesty.

"As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary paintings will remain etched in our memories and in our hearts forever."

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O'Neal captures this picture of US actress Hay Danaway one day after collecting her Academy Award for Best Actress on the Network in 1977 – the couple will get married six years later

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This catchy picture of David Bowie helped promote the album by singer Diamond Dog in 1974

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O'Neill said he told the Queen's horse joke to put this smile on this portrait made in 1992, the second time he had taken it

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The Rolling Stones outside the Tin Pan Alley club in London in 1963

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Singer Amy Winehouse poses for recording during a concert in honor of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday in Hyde Park, London

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Actor Roger Moore as James Bond with Live and Come Dies stars Gloria Hendry (left) and Janeine Seymour in 1973

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Singer Frank Sinatra arrives at Miami Beach while filming Lady Cement with his wits and his stand-up (wearing an identical outfit).

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British model Twiggy was among the most famous faces of London's Swinging Sixties who were photographed by O & # 39; Nile

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Terry O'Neill photographed Laura Bush at the 2001 White House

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Terry O & # 39; Nile (1938 – 2019)


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