TERRY O'NEILL: NEW & UNSEEN

Terry O'Neill, well known for his images of Frank Sinatra, Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn, is one of Britain's most popular photographers, and has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Now, for the first time, the Chris Beetles Gallery in London will exhibit a collection of images that have never been seen before, catalogued during an extensive overhaul of his archive during the past year. In addition, the show will include several vintage prints that have never been offered before.

The exhibition will delight fans of celebrity portraiture, as the walls of the gallery will be covered with unseen images of some of the most collectable stars of the 20th Century. One of the most notable aspects in these new images is the extraordinary access that Terry O'Neill was granted. Whether it is Michael Caine posing with his Get Carter' shotgun, Muhammad Ali psyching himself up before a fight, or the Rolling Stones larking about in make-up, O'Neill had charmed his way into scenarios that today's celebrity photographers could only dream of. One particular shot is bound to provoke a good deal of interest Audrey Hepburn frolicking by a pool with Albert Finney during the filming of Two For The Road', 1967. The two were said to have had an affair on set, and these photographs certainly do nothing to dispel this rumour.

Now 71 years old, O'Neill still mixes with many of the stars that he photographed in their prime. Perhaps this explains how he achieved such access he was often as good a friend as he was a photographer.

The exhibition will confirm Terry O'Neill as one of the great recorders of 20th century celebrity, and give collectors the opportunity to buy previously unavailable prints by the UK's most sought after photographer.

A fully illustrated 51 page catalogue is available from the gallery at £10 + p&p (£2 UK, £2.50 Europe, £5 Rest of the world).