Hollywood icons revealed

July 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
An inside look at the myths and legends of Hollywood through a rare collection of photos from famed British photographer Terry O'Neill. He has photographed some of the most famous faces in Hollywood including Frank Sinatra, Elton John, and Farrah Fawcett. His photographs can be seen starting Saturday, July 11, at the San Francisco Art Exchange.

The San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE), in association with Raj Prem Fine Art Photography, is proud to announce its newest exhibit, Chairman of the Board, Knight of the Realm: Frank Sinatra & Elton John Back to Back, a rare collection photos by famed British photographer Terry O'Neill. A celebration of O'Neill chronicling the careers of these diametrically different musical icons over the past 40 years, this extraordinary and striking installation juxtaposes 20 photographs of an effortlessly polished Frank Sinatra against 20 of a quirkily dynamic Elton John.

The Chairman of the Board, Knight of the Realm exhibit will include never-before-printed images of both Sinatra and John with whom O'Neill enjoyed close friendships. Also on display are two celebrated images that are part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London: Elton John in a spectacularly sequined Dodgers uniform as he performs for over 50,000 fans at Dodgers Stadium in 1975, and Frank Sinatra with his stand-in and protective escorts on location in Miami Beach shooting his popular 1967 detective film Tony Rome.

The opening event at SFAE includes the opportunity for guests to meet O'Neill, who has traveled from London especially to celebrate this unique exhibition. He will also sign copies of his books Sinatra: Frank & Friendly (2007) and Eltonography (2008).

SFAE international art dealers and co-owners Theron Kabrich and James Hartley, along with show curator Raj Prem, will also be on hand to discuss the collection.

Opening reception:
Saturday, July 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

Regular hours:
Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

San Francisco Art Exchange
458 Geary Street
San Francisco, California 94102
www.Sfae.com

About Terry O'Neill:
Born in London in 1938, Terry O'Neill is an internationally acclaimed British photographer whose career ascended during the 1960s and 1970s when he became one of the world's most published celebrity and fashion photographers.

Over the years, he has captured a more natural and human side to his subjects, from the British Royal Family to prominent politicians like Nelson Mandela to rock icons like the Rolling Stones and Beatles. O'Neill also boasts one of the largest celebrity archives and has photographed a "Who's Who" of celebrities, including Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and countless others.

O'Neill, who was married to Hollywood actress Faye Dunaway from 1983-1986, executive produced the 1981 film Mommie Dearest, starring Dunaway. His books include Legends (1995), Celebrity (2003), Sinatra (2007) and Eltonography (2008).


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