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Neal Preston

Neal Preston is one of the most highly respected photographers in the history of the music business. His career in photography, which started in high school and continues to the present, has spanned over 5 decades. He is best-known as the official photographer for Led Zeppelin's US tours in the mid-1970s, but his broad archive stands as one of the music industry's single most elite (and extensive) photographic collections.

His photographs have appeared in every conceivable media outlet: on the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines, newspapers, and books, on television shows, in feature films and documentaries, in Broadway show programs and on billboards, and on innumerable vinyl and CD/DVD packages. He was the key contributor to VH-1's acclaimed Behind the Music documentary series, providing over 1000 photos used in over 50 episodes.

An accomplished photojournalist, Preston has shot stories and covers - not only of musicians - for Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone. In 1980 he began a decades-long relationship with People Magazine and to this day remains the most-assigned photographer in their history.

A true sports fan, Preston has worked at six Olympic Games, from the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia to the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. He has also photographed many other major sporting events including heavyweight title fights, the World Series, NBA and NFL playoff games, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and World Cup soccer matches. His sports photos have been published worldwide in such magazines as TV Guide, ESPN Magazine, Paris Match, and Sports Illustrated.

Preston has also served as an official photographer for the feature films Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, and Aloha, and the Showtime television series Roadies (all directed by his old, and close friend Cameron Crowe). Besides creating the key art for those projects, Preston also provided photos used in the feature films *61, Singles, Laurel Canyon and Pick of Destiny among others.

Preston's work has been displayed at such elite institutions as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the National Gallery in London, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. His iconic photograph of Freddie Mercury is part of the permanent photo exhibit at the new Wembley Stadium in London. His work is included in the permanent collection of the new Yankee Stadium in New York, and close to 100 of Preston's photographs adorn the walls of the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, California.


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