From Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli to Jo and Leah Wood, photographer Terry O’Neill has captured some of the most famous mother and daughter duos throughout his illustrious career.
Now in homage to his late mother, the British photographer has collated the photographs for a collection titled Mum: A Snapshot in collaboration with notonthehighstreet.com.
“Without a mother, the world would be the worst place going. Everyone loves their mum,” said O’Neill, 76.
His mother died at age 57 when he was busy working in Hollywood, “So you should always make a good deal of your mum,” he added.
“When my mother died, I realised how little I had given back. I suppose that’s why I am doing this – to try and give something back to my mother as well...As I grow older, I’ve realised that without her, I couldn’t have done anything.”
Other subjects in the series, which was on display in a two-day exhibition in London this weekend, include Jodie and Jemma Kidd with their mother Wendy and Emilia Fox with her mother and actress Joanna David.
If you didn't make it down to the exhibition this weekend, take a look at the collection and read a few of O'Neill's heartfelt stories behind the pictures below.
O’Neill said: “My very first job on the Daily Sketch was to photograph Liza Minnelli who was singing with her mum for the first time. I went around to her house. I knocked on this door – they were staying in London – and Judy Garland answered the door. I couldn’t believe it. I was only 20, and I had met a superstar straight away. It was fantastic. She was so nice to me. I took this picture of the pair of them together, and then they asked what I was doing on Sunday. They wanted me to shoot their album cover because Judy and Liza were making an album of their concert at the Palladium.”
“I took this one just last week. It’s not the first time I shot them actually. I first met Jo when she was seeing [Rolling Stones guitarist] Ronnie. Since then, she’s never lost her Rock and Roll spirit, and when I met the pair of them, they didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want them to either. A perfect mother and daughter duo.”
“I took the portrait of Britt when she had just had her baby with Peter Sellers...It was just a couple of days after she’d given birth and they were evidently very much in love. The baby was so small and plump as she pressed it up to her face.”
“This was taken as a picture for Bryan Forbes’s birthday. I wanted to catch the love between mother and daughter, and I think I did in that shot. Nanette doesn’t look any different today. She looks great – an all-time real beauty – and you can see those charming genes in her girls too,” said O'Neill.
“I’ve been friends with the Kidds for years, so that was my opportunity to photograph them together. They are all fabulous. It was in a pristine studio in London, for a feature in Marie Claire and they were a whole lot of fun. Jemma and Jodie were cheeky and playful, but Wendy matched them every step of the way.”
“You don’t often see big TV personalities like Gabby off-screen, out of context and with their loved ones. They made it very easy for me to capture the love between mother and child. It was a lot of fun, and they were very easy to photograph. Both Gabby and Christine have a real elegance and poise.”
"This (above) was taken a couple of months before she killed herself. She sort of had problems with depression. It doesn’t show in the picture. When mothers are with their kids, they are complete and fulfilled. They were on holiday in Spain, playing around on the beach. Marbella, probably. I had been sent to do a piece on Romy, and she had her kids with her. The love that you can see in her eyes, gazing at David, is so powerful.”
“This was a very tender picture. You can see a twinkle in Beverley’s eye that showed how proud she was of Alesha. After all the years of bringing up a child, after something has lived inside you, and then it flies the nest, it must be a really profound emotion.”