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Background on Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal:
Being in the right place at the right time can sometimes change the entire focus of one’s life. That happened more than thirty years ago to Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal. He and his camera were present at the center of the whirlwind that was the Los Angeles rock and roll scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. He had unlimited access to some of the most influential musicians of his time, and has the body of photographic work to show for it.
Early on, with a profound fascination of all things creative, Tom immersed himself in the study of painting and design at the University Of Illinois in Chicago, and eventually transitioned to photography. He found himself in great demand by several high profile rock and roll stars. Ironically, he applied both his photographic and graphic design skills in the creation of over 65 album covers, including the iconic Déjà Vu album cover with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Other notable groups Tom collaborated with were the Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, Joni Mitchell, Poco, Crazy Horse, the Mamas and the Papas, B.B. King, and The Three Tenors. He developed relationships with entertainers that have created opportunities for many years to follow.
. "Whether a still life or of people, each photograph, represents a burst of excitement," he says. Just like Tom at work.
Tom's are on 70 plus rock and roll album covers. He was part of a small group of photographers who worked in Los Angeles. "Most of the time I was contacted by the record company or by the manager of the group, and sometimes I would get a job from seeing a musician friend at a party."
"Sometimes there was a concept for the album, and the photo session was more structured. For the most part, I would meet the group at a certain location and we would just hang out and shoot for several hours. The outfits and clothing of what the group happened to be wearing often became the theme for the shoot. The album cover photo as well as the design would sometimes evolve out of looking at the 35 mm slides projected on a blank album cover. The majority of my rock and roll photos that I have in my archives have never been published. As I go through all these images I see the photographs with more objectivity, and I want to share them." -Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal
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