The show will run at two venues, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Cork City Hall, from Jan 25-Feb 22. O’Neill will attend the opening at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery on Jan 24.
O’Neill, who will be 75 next year, began his career as a press photographer. He will forever be associated with London of the Swinging Sixties, and his exhibition will feature many of his iconic portraits of the stars of that era, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, and Michael Caine.
O’Neill later worked in Hollywood and was married to the actress Faye Dunaway. The exhibition will also feature his portraits of Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, and Elizabeth Taylor.
Other images in the show will include O’Neill’s intimate portraits of Mohammed Ali, Brigitte Bardot, David Bowie, Raquel Welch, Catherine Deneuve, Naomi Campbell, Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss, and Bono.
This is O’Neill’s first exhibition in Cork, but he has deep connections with the city. His father was born and reared on Blarney St, and worked in Ford before transferring to its plant in England. On his retirement, he returned to Cork and is buried there. O’Neill’s mother was from Waterford.
O’Neill has produced several books of photographs. His latest, All About Bond, celebrates his long association with the James Bond franchise.
O’Neill’s exhibition in Cork will be curated by Irish Examiner arts editor Marc O’Sullivan, and arts writer and curator Tina Darb O’Sullivan.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Irish Examiner.