An SWPP photographer is celebrating thirty years as a snapper this year with not one, but four photographic events!
Martin O’Neill is marking his anniversary with a book, two Manchester exhibitions…and a show in Japan!
The projects are a trip back in time for O’Neill, now an established wedding and portrait photographer with a studio in Culcheth, near Warrington.
Don’t Miss This is the title of his new book. It’s a collection of 83 black and white photographs taken in the 1980s, when O’Neill freelanced for numerous newspapers and magazines. The shots are a humorous escape from the constraints of his press work, and come with a text by esteemed photography writer and editor Laura Noble.
The book is on sale at London’s Photographers’ Gallery.
Eccles 1977 is a collection of 100 photographs taken by a teenage O’Neill growing up in the Salford town during Jubilee year.A small selection of the work was shown last year as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of Eccles library, and the full set of prints will be shown there during the summer.
I Remember Nothing is O’Neill’s collection of 26 images of Joy Division.
He’s to have two simultaneous showings of the images, in Manchester…and Tokyo! In 1979 he photographed a gig by the band at Bowdon Vale Youth Club, near Altrincham. The group became world famous, though a year later lead singer Ian Curtis killed himself. He and the group are the subjects of two current films, and O’Neill’s shots are going on display in Tokyo to coincide with the launch of one of those films, Control. His shots will be on show for two weeks at the fabulously named Tokyo Hipsters Club, with a one-off multi-media show being staged at the city’s flagship Apple Computer store.
At the same time, the full set of photographs is going up at House of Linn, a prestigious Hi-Fi retail consultancy in Manchester.
O’Neill worked for local newspapers until 1982, and went on to work as a freelance for a great number of national newspapers, magazines and companies. He says he’s loved every minute of his thirty years as a photographer, working as far afield as Libya and Sri Lanka, and photographing a rich variety of people, from Mohammed Ali and George Best to Take That and the Queen.
Photography, Personally, Professionally!