Applying for a job as an air steward, Terry O’Neill was assigned to the photographic unit and it was one of his accidental photographs of the home secretary, Rab Butler, asleep at the airport, in 1959 that caught the attention of the press and earned him to collaborate with the Daily Sketch, in London. Promptly, the British photographer depicted the era’s idols from the Beatles - his image of the group was the first to appear in a national newspaper - and the Rolling Stones to David Bowie or Frank Sinatra. Terry O’Neill’s early pictures captured the hedonism and freedom of a time when counterculture established its own ideals. Close to Hollywood - he was married to Faye Dunaway for a few years - he also portrayed various major actors and actresses such as Raquel Welch, a lifelong friend, whom he had met on the set of One Million Years BC: ‘She told me she thought she'd be crucified her whole life for wearing that fur bikini in the movie and I thought, 'That's it - I'll crucify her.' They set up a full-size crucifix at the 20th Century Fox studios and I did the picture’. If he had one regret? To have never photographed Marilyn Monroe: ‘I fell in love with her PR, and she said 'I’m not going to let you shoot Marilyn because she always takes the photographers to bed.' 'Of course', I said, 'I don’t want to do that’: what a shame!