Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents - Neal Preston

Neal Preston/Led Zeppelin photo
(c) Neal Preston
The Press House

The Morrison Hotel Gallery

October 27, 2011, New York, NY - The Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho is excited to present an exhibition of photography from the prolific Neal Preston. The exhibit will be open to the public beginning Friday, November 11th and Neal will be appearing at the gallery on Saturday, November 12th from 1 to 5 PM, which will be open to the public.  

This notable exhibition will feature classic photographs and also never-before-seen images from 40-year-old negatives that may not have otherwise been useable, but were salvaged using modern-day technology. Some of the photos even Neal himself had not yet seen - including The Doors, Janis Joplin and the MC5.

With a career that began in high school and continues to this day, Neal Preston's photographs have appeared in every conceivable media outlet - on the covers and pages of world-class magazines (People - as a major contributing photographer from 1979-2007, Time, Rolling Stone), in newspapers, books on TV, and  in countless record, CD and DVD covers. Through his longtime friendship with acclaimed director Cameron Crowe, Neal has provided photography and inspiration for such films as "Almost Famous", "Vanilla Sky" and the soon-to-be-released "We Bought A Zoo." His archive, a body of work spanning almost 4 decades, is regarded as one of the music industry's most extensive and significant photo collections.   

Preston has toured the world with the who's-who of rock royalty - Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Heart, Billy Joel and more.  

Also a gifted sports photographer, Neal has covered six Olympic Games, from the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia to the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy.  He has photographed major sporting events as varied as the World Series, NBA and NFL playoff games, World Cup soccer matches, and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Preston has been honored with a permanent exhibit at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and his images have also been on display at the Smithsonian, Yankee Stadium, Wembley Stadium, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.   
Of his second-ever New York showing at The Morrison Hotel Gallery, Preston says, "For this show, I'm busting out some of the 'greatest hits' along with some previously unseen gems that I've mined from my archives - most of them shot when I was still in high school. I want people to feel like they've uncovered a kind of cool rock-and-roll time capsule, which is exactly how I felt when I was bringing some of these photos back to life."

Having just celebrated it's 10th Anniversary, The Morrison Hotel Gallery was founded in 2001 by Peter Blachley, a former record company executive, producer Rich Horowitz, a former independent record store owner, and Henry Diltz, a legendary music photographer. The gallery has since grown to become a major brand in fine art music photography and is respected amongst peers and artists alike.  

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