Rock ’n‘ Roll up close, energetic and full of emotions! That’s the pictures that have made photographer Neal Preston a legend. I’m sure that each one of you knows at least one of his photos. Starting from the 1970s, the music scene and the rock scene in particular wouldn’t be what it is now to so many fans without the concert, tour and backstage shots of the photographer.
Led Zeppelin, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran… The list of superstars in the music scene, who were accompanied and photographed by Preston, seems endless.
When you hear interviews with the photographer, you soon begin to realize that he himself has become some kind of a rock star. Over the past decades of his life he’s been spending time with the most brilliant musicians and the most eccentric characters on the most legendary concert tours. Always surrounded by superstars.
Very often he spent day and night on stage and backstage, closer to the stars than few others. Time and again he’s considered to be one of the best rock photographers of all times. He’s inspired generations of music photographers, he’s got many imitators and yet his photography is one of a kind that can’t be surpassed by anyone.
Preston himself says that the rock stars he photographed are his heroes and that’s exactly how he wanted to capture them on his lens. An impressive pose, a strong facial expression, sweaty and ecstatic. The rock stars often confirm in interviews that Neal Preston has managed to capture moments and their characters in a way that the person behind emerged. That the moment they experienced was captured and not the rock star himself who tried to be portrayed the way they wished to present themselves. They talk about how good they were feeling even though Preston was always around. I believe that this is what makes Neal Preston a true genius in his field.
His photo album “Exhilarated and Exhausted” is a journey back into the wild times of music ruled by Rock ‘n’ Roll.