Photographing the icons of the ‘60s

Such amazing portraits…

CNN Photos

A man who has seen many of the 20th century’s most recognizable faces through his viewfinder says he’s loved everyone he’s ever photographed.

“When I see a picture, I take it,” Terry O’Neill said. “I don’t make judgments on people.”

His goal is to preserve the dignity of people, not to make them look foolish, he said.

Almost by accident, O’Neill redefined reportage photography of stars at a time when studio photography was the norm.

Hoping to get from England to the United States to launch a career in jazz, O’Neill got a job printing pictures of plane interiors with the British Overseas Airways Corp. at the London airport in the 1950s. He started taking pictures of people at the airport on his own and caught celebrities moving through. He took a picture of singer Petula Clark putting on makeup, with curlers in her hair, at an airport coffee…

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