Michael O’Neill began his photographic career in the late 1960s, in the orbit of Richard Avedon, Hiro, Irving Penn, and Yousef Karsch. Among his early subjects were Andy Warhol and Richard Nixon. He has photographed every American president since. Through the following decades, Michael was a contributing photographer for The New York Times Magazine for eighteen years, Rolling Stone, Life, the New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Time and numerous other publications, producing iconic portraits of the famous personalities of the late twentieth century. In time, the work he produced in his adopted genre of portraiture received acclaim equal to that of his work as an advertising and commercial artist.
Ironically, in Zoobabies, one of his most popular projects, Michael turned his lens not on people but on young animals. The project that is currently closest to his heart, one that will continue to occupy him far into the future, is an exploration in word and portraits of the origins and the essence of yoga and Eastern spiritual practice. His website is www.michaeloneill.com.