Just happen to read an interview about Terry O’Neill on the Treats Magazine website (I go there for the interviews honestly……)
I like Terry’s work, some fab images he has made that have stood the test of time, may he sell loads of prints!
One part of the interview stood out, after which I could only exclaim ”EXACTLY”
Here’s a copy and paste of that part from Harvey Kubernik’s interview with Terry O’Neill:
Access to celebrities today isn’t what it used to be. How has this affected your work?
Yes. You can’t spend time around them when they’re working, which is the most interesting pictures of all. You can’t take off-beat shots of today’s celebrities because of the PRs. The publicists destroyed the type of photography that I do. They forced every star into not letting photographers into their lives, or give them any time. They don’t strike up working relationships with them. It’s awful, really. It’s gonna cause a huge rift in the photographic history of Hollywood for a start. I mean, it’s just gone now. The publicists want approval of everything. The words, the pictures…it’s a joke. If you want to photograph anyone today who is famous you have to do it in a studio or in a hotel room, and the PR stipulates which shots you can release. It has impacted my journey. Absolutely.
That’s precisely the reason I don’t do celebs (personally I don’t care much for the culture around it) and some of the people that hang around them (and that’s what they do hang around…) aren’t very nice people at all and could ruin the making of a great image completely.
The best PRs? Simple. The ones that say you got 20/30 minutes don’t walk off to far and be back in time. Great way to get the job done and everyone goes home happy and the results will be way better.