I recently had the great opportunity to shake hands with and take in the amazing work of rock photographer Terry O’Neill. He was in downtown San Francisco at the SF Art Exchange, a superb contemporary gallery that sells some of the finest works by the big photographers of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Terry is British, good with a camera and has always had a knack for working with musicians like David Bowie, Elton John, Jimmy Page and George Harrison. As fate would have it, he was lucky enough to be around when the Beatles and the Stones exploded on the world stage back in late 1963.
While showing me around his incredible work we chatted about snapping the Who, Springsteen, Clapton and the Stones. Terry said to me, knowing that I’ve been a DJ forever, “Well, this must be memory lane for you”, as we stepped back and looked at his iconic shots. Seeing the magnificent print of The Who’s “Who Are You” album portrait and hearing of his need to quickly frame and stage that shot was fascinating.