Amy Winehouse, 2008
Courtesy of Terry O’Neill / http://iconicimages.net/
British photographer Terry O'Neill has had an amazing life. As a young man, being paid to photograph beautiful and creative people was unbelievable – and not only to him but to others in his sphere: “At the Ad Lib Club…we used to sit there – The Beatles and The Stones – and we’d talk about what job we’d get when all this was over. We all thought we’d have two years.”
Fifty years on, O’Neill has captured some of the most iconic faces from fashion, music, politics, screen and sport.
O’Neill took this photograph of Amy Winehouse in 2008 when she performed at the Hyde Park concert to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. As a jazz fan, O’Neill was delighted to photograph her – he felt she could have been a truly great jazz singer – and, to his pleasure, found Winehouse to be a “sweet and gentle” person. She won five Grammys that year.
Interest in Winehouse continues long after her untimely death. The 2015 documentary film, ‘Amy’, depicting the life and death of the British singer-songwriter, won Best Documentary Feature at the 88th Academy Awards.
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Hedge, issue 40, April 2016, pp50-57