text by Emma-Louise O’Neill.
HOFA Gallery presents Hollywood Re-loaded a stunning new exhibition with legendary photographer Terry O’Neill and acclaimed artist Bran Symondson. Hollywood has been graced by many iconic duos and it is therefore very apt that the work of renowned Hollywood star photographer Terry O’Neill has been reworked into a thought-provoking sequel by award-winning reportage photographer, and acclaimed artist – Bran Symondson.
HOFA Gallery is delighted to be able to share the stunning synergies of these two
accomplished photographers, bringing a breathtaking new angle on O’Neill’s amazing original black and white photographs from the 60s/70s era. The powerful shots feature legends such as Michael Caine and Brigitte Bardot holding guns and Symondson’s imagination has given O’Neill’s collection a second coming.
Symondson’s portfolio serves as a vibrant quest to turn something of fear and loathing into something of beauty and intrigue, which he achieves with aplomb in this collaboration. His striking work famously features embellished AK47 guns and this new work bears even greater firepower by taking O’Neill’s most popular photos of armed celebrities and scattering them with real bullet holes and his signature butterflies. Symondson honed his shooting skills whilst training and serving as a soldier himself, which allowed him to skillfully, creatively and accurately fire bullets into the photographs. Hollywood Re-loaded is on display at HOFA Gallery, London, until 14th October.