Neal Preston

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With a career in photography that started in high school and continues to the present, Neal Preston has made his contribution to the pop-culture history of his generation.

His photographs have appeared in the media on covers and pages of magazines and newspapers, books, television shows, feature films, Broadway show programs and billboards, vinyl, CD and DVD packages, etc....

With a body of work spanning almost 4 decades, Preston's photographs document moments of the music industry on the inside, behind the velvet rope, touring with artists and capturing the entire experience on film.

He has worked closely with Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Madonna, and others.

Although Preston is best known in rock circles as Led Zeppelin’s U.S. tour photographer in the mid-1970’s, his rock-and-roll travels have also included touring Russia with Billy Joel, Europe and Japan with Bruce Springsteen, China with Wham! , South Africa with Whitney Houston, and South America with Queen. In 1985, Preston was chosen as one of the official photographers for the Bob Geldof’s “Live Aid” concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. In 1988 his association with Bruce Springsteen helped land him the job as official tour photographer for Amnesty International’s legendary “Conspiracy of Hope” tour, a 5 week world trek with Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Tracy Chapman appearing along with Springsteen's The E-Street Band.

Preston was also a key contributor to VH-1’s “Behind the Music” documentary series, providing still photos used in 50 episodes.
Preston has shot live performance CD and DVD covers for Springsteen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Kiss, and others.

Neal Preston has done more than photograph musicians. In 1980 he began a long relationship with People Magazine. In addition to dozens of People covers, he has shot covers of Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone with diverse subjects such as Nancy Kerrigan, Richard Nixon, and Marvin Gaye.

Preston has worked at six Olympics, from the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia to the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Preston has also photographed various other sporting events including heavyweight title fights, the World Series, NBA and NFL playoff games, and World Cup soccer matches.

In 1999 Preston became a member of Local 600 (Los Angeles) of the International Cinematographers Guild. He served as for the feature films “Almost Famous”, “Vanilla Sky”,and “Elizabethtown”. Preston also created key materials used in the films “61”, “Singles”, “Laurel Canyon” and “Pick of Destiny”, among others, and he directed various music projects, including a live performance video for Stevie Nicks and a 90-minute documentary on Alice Cooper.

In May of 2006 Preston exhibited his music photography for the first time ever, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York City. That show was followed by a show in November 2006 at the Morrison’s new Los Angeles location. The November ‘06 show was highlighted by an opening night VIP fundraiser benefiting the Stevie Nicks Soldier’s Angel Foundation.

Preston’s work has been shown at varied institutions as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2007 his photograph of Freddie Mercury was chosen as part of the permanent photo exhibit at the new Wembley Stadium in London.
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Neal Preston - Instant Death album art Eddie Harris Eddie Harris - Instant Death (Album) Atlantic US 1972 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Live album art Bloodrock Bloodrock - Live (Album) Capitol Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Oh How We Danced album art Jim Capaldi Jim Capaldi - Oh How We Danced (Album) Island Records UK 1972 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Billion Dollar Babies album art Alice Cooper Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - L.A. Turnaround album art Bert Jansch Bert Jansch - L.A. Turnaround (Album) Charisma UK 1974 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - While You're Down There album art Stray Dog (3) Stray Dog (3) - While You're Down There (Album) Manticore Canada 1974 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Mind Over Matter album art Robert Klein Robert Klein - Mind Over Matter (Album) Brut Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow album art Marc Bolan & T•Rex* Marc Bolan & T•Rex* - Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (Album, Comp) CBS France 1974 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Scratch album art The Crusaders The Crusaders - Scratch (Album) Blue Thumb Records, Chisa Records Japan 1974 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Tom Scott In L.A. album art Tom Scott Tom Scott - Tom Scott In L.A. (Comp, Album) Flying Dutchman UK 1975 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Ordinary Fool album art Paul Williams (2) Paul Williams (2) - Ordinary Fool (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records UK 1975 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Wipe The Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas album art The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band - Wipe The Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas (Album) Capricorn Records, Capricorn Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - One More From The Road album art Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road (Album) MCA Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - The Story Of The Who album art The Who The Who - The Story Of The Who (Comp) Polydor UK 1976 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Song Of Joy album art Captain & Tennille* Captain & Tennille* - Song Of Joy (Album) A&M Records Japan 1976 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Gilbert O'Sullivan Greatest Hits album art Gilbert O'Sullivan Gilbert O'Sullivan - Gilbert O'Sullivan Greatest Hits (Comp) MAM South Africa 1973 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - In Concert album art Shirley MacLaine Shirley MacLaine - In Concert (Album) CBS UK 1976 Sell This Version
RVP-6058 Neal Preston - Tom Scott In L.A. album art Tom Scott Tom Scott - Tom Scott In L.A.(LP, Comp) Flying Dutchman RVP-6058 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Here At Last - Live album art Bee Gees Bee Gees - Here At Last - Live (Album) RSO, RSO US 1977 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Change, Change, Change (Live At The Roxy) album art Les McCann Les McCann - Change, Change, Change (Live At The Roxy) (Album) Impulse!, ABC Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Diamond Nights album art Hummingbird Hummingbird - Diamond Nights (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Japan 1977 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Alive II album art Kiss Kiss - Alive II (Album) Casablanca, Casablanca Canada 1977 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Greatest Hits album art Captain & Tennille* Captain & Tennille* - Greatest Hits (Comp) A&M Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - Right On Time album art The Brothers Johnson* The Brothers Johnson* - Right On Time (Album) A&M Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Neal Preston - I'm In You album art Peter Frampton Peter Frampton - I'm In You (Album) A&M Records Italy 1977 Sell This Version