Acclaimed Photographer

Neal Preston

Neal Preston, one of the most highly respected photographers in the history of the music business, has a career in photography that has spanned well over 4 decades. 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 taken him around the world many times. He has visited Russia with Billy Joel, Japan with Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, China with Wham!, South Africa with Whitney Houston, Canada with Heart, Japan with Duran Duran, and Mexico and South America with Queen. Preston has shot stories and covers – not only on musicians- for a multitude of world-class magazines including Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone. After joining the International Cinematographers Guild in 1999, Preston served as both the “unit” and “special” photographer for the feature films “Almost Famous”, “Vanilla Sky”, “Elizabethtown”, “We Bought a Zoo”, and “Aloha”, and recently completed work on season 1 of the Showtime television series “Roadies” (all directed by 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 decorated forum in Inglewood, California.