Renowned British photographer Terry O’Neill is launching an exhibition of his iconic images coupled with new, previously unseen works. As one of the world’s most acclaimed and collected photographers he is best known for his intimate images of the most legendary and powerful faces of the past sixty years, spanning politics, music, film, theatre and royalty.

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Since first picking up a camera in 1962, O’Neill has captured the frontline of fame, in particular the emerging rock stars of the Sixties. These images have now reached cult status, including those of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones whilst they were still struggling young bands.  He has chronicled over two decades of Frank Sinatra’s life in front of the lens and produced unique and intimate photographs of icons such as Muhammad Ali, Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery, Raquel Welch, Audrey Hepburn and many more.

The exhibition opens on 1st May 2012 and runs til the 8th June at Alon Zakaim Fine Art  5 – 7 Dover St, London W1S 4LD. Opening times are from 9am to 6pm; for more information visit for more information.


Today I reminded myself of Monica Geller from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. in the episode where she makes a New Years resolution to take more pictures of everyone including herself!

I was given a new camera a couple of weeks ago by a dear friend of mine, Mr. Dibbens. Of course I’ve used it loads since then and it comes with me everywhere I go, but today was the first chance I’ve had to go through the manual. I got half way through (to page 98!) and had to go round FDHQ getting snap happy with everything!

Work in progress…

My Naomi doesn’t have any patches…

Statement sunnies…

I’m gearing up to get the sewing machine out again…

My ceramic Hello Kitty money bank that I got from the airport on the way back from Marbella 2007

For some reason I have jewellery in every room! My Dad got my name on a rice grain somewhere in Europe when I was about 7yrs old, it still looks perfect.

My Mum bought me a car the day after I passed my test 7 yrs ago, I still have it! Not a scratch on it, bit dusty though.

Lotions and potions…

Trainerspotter T-shirt “Mike Love Not War”

Tea and cupcakes…

Thank goodness no-one was here, they’d probably have given me a few choice words. I was like a tourist in my own home! Some are alright, some are bad, practice makes perfect I guess.

Ben Travato Blog by Marius Troy

The other day, I caught up with the lovely 24 year old art director Marius Troy and founder of the well known blog Ben Trovato.We discussed music, the fact he’s tired of seeing beautiful girls with white backgrounds and some other stuff in between.

lolasparks: Alright Mr, I know you’re quite the traveler.So where have you been residing at ??

Marius troy: Right now I’m in Oslo, but I’m always on the move. I just got to Oslo after spending time in New Delhi, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, LA, Miami, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro during 2009.

lolasparks: How did you get into the whole blogging malarkey?
Marius troy: I’ve always been interested by visual inspiration, and how photography, graphic design, illustration and art overall can be used to communicate a message, provoke feelings, and/or tell stories. I then started a blog a few years ago where I posted what I found inspiring, may that be a photo or a song. But after running it for a while I found that my posts consisted of pretty much just fashion photography, so I thought, “Hey! Why not just make a concept out of it?” And that’s how Ben Trovato Blog was created.

lolasparks: Everytime I read your blog I’ve always seen it as you promoting fresh new talent…is that your purpose?
Marius troy:BTB was created with the intention of bringing new talent into the limelight, but also inspire those who hadn’t quite made it to a professional
level yet. The posts consists mainly of young promising professionals, but now and again I feature a someone with a lot of experience within the business.

lolasparks: Influences and inspirations?
Marius troy:Personally I get very inspired by photographers that dare to move into unknown territory creatively. Although people might say that the business is evolving all the time, and that you need to stay aware of new trends to keep up, I feel like there’s been a slight stagnation the last two years. The warm vintage tint has been here for a while now, and there was a time where I got sick of seeing beautiful girls with strong make up and wayfarers on a white background shot with camera flash. Juergen Teller and Terry Richardson started that trend years ago, and it’s time to move on.

lolasparks: What music are you currently banging on about?
Marius troy: Right now I’m very excited about B.o.B aka Bobby Ray. Be sure to check out 🙂

lolasparks:Any plans for the future?
Marius troy:I am moving to Milan very soon to get closer to the action! And I am always thinking of new ways to make Ben Trovato Blog better.

Interview by Lola Sparks