interviewed by @Elijahd0m
The Man Behind Rock Music's Most Iconic Photos Discusses His Process
Up-and-coming shooter Elijah Dominique interviews Neal Preston, a photographer who has shot timeless photos of everyone from Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
From Bruce Springsteen to Queen, few have ever captured legendary musicians quite like photographer and photojournalist Neal Preston. Over the course of his 48-year career, the New York-born, self-taught shutterbug witnessed the rise of rock and roll and the global culture shifts that came with it. He’s shot books for Led Zeppelin as their only tour photographer, calendars for Elvira, and was tapped by Bob Geldof himself to photograph his 1985 “Live Aid” spectacular—and he did it all without ever taking a single class in photography.
As a freelance photographer and all-around creative here in New York City, Preston’s work inspires me every day. His level of mastery and versatility illuminates what you can accomplish through passion and dedication to your craft. When I heard he was releasing a new book, Neal Preston: Exhilarated and Exhausted, with a foreword by Cameron Crowe, I leapt at the chance to interview him. Preston was generous enough to offer insights into his craft and speak on a variety of topics including his legacy, the fate of the music industry, and the mindset that took him from high school hobbyist to living legend.
Neal Preston Exhilarated and Exhausted published by @reelartpress
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📷 Michael Jackson by Neal Preston