For the past five decades, the photography of Terry O’Neill has captured the frontline of fame. From the Hollywood greats and rock stars to presidents and prime ministers, his images have adorned historic music albums, international magazine covers and movie posters, making him one of the most collected and well regarded photographers worldwide.
To celebrate the photographer, the “Terry O’Neill – Reworked” exhibit is currently taking place at London’s Rook and Raven Gallery. It is a clever and visually arresting look the work of one of the 20th Century’s great image-makers reinterpreted by artists of today: each using their distinctive mediums and is a must see for lovers of art, music, film, photography and popular culture.
Sitting alongside the modified pieces are O’Neill’s original up-close and personal, honest, immediate and intimate photographs, contextualising the collaboration and creating the perfect juxtaposition. “What I love about Rook and Raven is having young artists with a fresh eye interpreting iconic images for a new generation,” says O’Neil. He goes on to explain how his photographs, many of which are decades old, have become too familiar to him and having the opportunity to see them updated is a great pleasure.
The artists at the forefront of this re-imagining include Pam Glew: the talent behind the new bleached Union Jack covered Shrimpton and Stamp portrait. This originally defined Jean Shrimpton and the first supermodel in the Sixties and this latest incarnation further cements her iconic status. Meanwhile, James Dawe has reworked the classic 1971 Brigitte Bardot image, transforming the windswept, cigar-smoking beauty into “Bardot – Hair Waves”. Elsewhere in the exhibit, artists Curtis Kulig, James “Dalek” Marshall and James Mylne have transformed icons Raquel Welch, Elton John, Audrey Hepburn and Sean Connery for today’s audience.
Original published source - Velour Magazine: http://www.velourmagazine.com/lifestyle/terry-oneill-reworked-exhibit-at-rook-and-raven-gallery/