‘I explained the idea to Faye and told her, listen, if you win – meet me by the pool at dawn. And bring the Oscar. She was staying at The Beverly Hills Hotel and I knew the guy who worked the pool. I asked him to let us in for a few minutes and then arranged the papers and the breakfast tray. I had it all set when she suddenly appeared, in her dressing gown, Oscar in hand.
This photo was just us.
There was no stylists or PR, no lighting, or assistants. And it only took a few moments. A few years later, I married her.”
We’re pouring over the catalogue to the newly opened Terry O’Neill exhibition that’s just opened at Maddox Gallery, Gstaad. Every Picture Tells a Story is the first retrospective since the photographer passed away last November and it’s a culmination of some of his most iconic works: Elton John performing at the Dodgers Stadium, Faye Dunaway with her Oscar by the pool, Brigitte Bardot with a cigarette balanced on her lip, as well as some lesser known shots like this picture of Audrey Hepburn with dove. Until 20 August 2020 with prices from £2362.50, you can see the full catalogue here.