TERRY O’NEILL. ICONS
ongoing until May 20
Complesso del Vittoriano – via di San Pietro in Carcere (Ala Brasini). Opening hours: Monday-Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 am to 10:00 pm, Sunday from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm – full price ticket € 8, reduced price ticket € 6, free admission for children under the age of 4
Tel. 06 8715111 | www.ilvittoriano.com
More than 50 images of icons of the world of popular culture are included in this retrospective dedicated to award-winning London photographer Terry O’Neill. Taken over the past five decades, the black and white portraits feature celebrities such as David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Amy Winehouse. O’Neill rose to prominence in the 1960s and became known for his candid portaits of international political leaders as well as models, popstars and actors.
What is to be most appreciated about this exhibit is that it captures these icons as the stars they are. From photos taken on a movie set and in the studio to moments just before a performance, O’Neill captures the awe of it all. Whether it’s a fur coat that only Mick Jagger could pull off or a pose perfected by Audrey Hepburn, these photos capture the star’s quality. Walking through the exhibit, one may think to themselves, “what makes these portraits so special?”
O’Neill’s ability to take a photo coupled with context and make it more than just an artist doing what they do, but an icon changing the world, even in these little minute moments, is borderline incomparable. He is capturing moments that maybe we wouldn’t care to see. Why see a photo of Amy Winehouse before going on stage when I could see her on stage? O’Neill captures the true icons, not simply the artist putting on a show for us, but the creative on the road to stardom.