HIS lens has captured some of the most famous faces in rock music. Now after 65 years the world-renowned photographer Terry O'Neill is returning to his family home of Cork.
London-born O'Neill (74), whose father hailed from Cork city, has captured images of some of the biggest names in entertainment in a career spanning more than six decades.
They will all go on public display at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and at Cork City Hall. It will be the first time the legendary photographer has exhibited in Cork, but his father grew up on Blarney Street and O'Neill always felt the city was a home from home. O'Neill said he was delighted to be coming back to Cork, where he spent many happy summer holidays as a child.
"My parents took me there for every summer holiday. We used to stay at the top of Wyse's Hill and I used to look forward to it each year," he said. "They were fantastic holidays. I've always longed to go back and at last I have the chance."
O'Neill began his career in London as a press photographer in the 1960s.
Recalling the Brigitte Bardot picture, which was shot on location in Spain in 1971, he said: "That was the last frame in a roll of 35 millimetre.
"The wind blew and I took the picture . . . I only had one crack at it and it turned out to be a stunner."
He will attend the opening of the exhibition on January 24 at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and will host a book signing there on January 25.