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Neal Preston Masterclass
Neal Preston Masterclass

29 January 2012
4pm - 6.30pm

The British Music Experience was delighted to welcome Neal Preston for an afternoon masterclass on the 29 January 2012. During the Masterclass, Neal talked us through his life behind the lens, shooting some of the music industry's biggest and brightest stars.

As part of the British Music Experience's lifelong learning programme, this event was free to attend.

The audience for this event were also offered free entrance into the British Music Experience on the day.


Fans of music will know Neal Preston was the photographer of choice for artists including Led Zeppelin, the Who, Queen, Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen.


During an incredible career, Neal's photographs have appeared in every conceivable media outlet - on the covers and pages of world-class magazines and newspapers; to books, television shows, feature films, Broadway show programs and billboards; vinyl, CD and DVD packages... literally everywhere.

His client list is a virtual who's-who of rock royalty. His archive, a body of work spanning almost four decades, is regarded as one of the music industry's most extensive and significant photo collections. It was the key source of photographs for VH-1's acclaimed Behind the Music documentary series, providing over one thousand still photos used in 50 episodes. In 1979 he began a long relationship with People magazine, and to this day remains the most-assigned photojournalist in the history of the magazine, with almost 700 shoot days to his credit. In addition to dozens of People covers, Preston has shot covers of Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone with subjects as diverse as Nancy Kerrigan, Richard Nixon, Pearl Jam, and Marvin Gaye.


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