By Leigh Timmons
Led Zeppelin, the Who, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston are rock legends of undeniable and epic proportion; but besides their shared fame and iconic status, these artists are also tied together by another common thread in the form of world-class photographer Neal Preston. With a career spanning the most important decades in rock-n-roll history, Preston has made a major contribution to the pop-culture archives of his generation – not to mention the world of fine art photography.
Over the years, Preston has combined his technical skill and artistic inspiration with the life of a devoted rock fan, touring the country with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen and embarking on international tours with Heart, Billy Joel, Queen and countless others. In addition to his world-renowned documentation of these and other music legends (used as prime source material for VH-1’s “Behind the Music” series and printed in magazines ranging from Time to People to Rolling Stone), Preston has also worked photographing the Olympic Games as well as World Series, NBA, NFL and other major league playoff events. A long-time friend of celebrated director Cameron Crowe, Preston has contributed his talents to the production of feature films including “Almost Famous,” “Vanilla Sky,” and “Laurel Canyon.” He recently completed work on the film “We Bought a Zoo,” also directed by Crowe and set for release in December 2011.
Blending music, art and inspired photography at Timmons Galleries’ weekly open house
Neal Preston’s rock-n-roll photographs have graced legendary album covers and game-changing magazine articles for decades; and now, thanks to popular demand, local photography enthusiasts and music fans alike can enjoy his work once again at a limited-time exhibition at
in Rancho Santa Fe.
Throughout the 2011 holiday season, Timmons Galleries will feature a unique collection of Preston’s most evocative and mesmerizing work; and every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, guests are invited to peruse these and other stunning fine art works in an atmospheric environment blending live music, wine tasting, good company and vibrant local culture.
This year, and for the first time in his career, Preston is partnering with Timmons Galleries to offer 5” x 7” framed monoprints for sale from his collection. These prints are breathtaking and one-of-a-kind – not to mention an ideal gift idea for the rock-n-roll fan or aspiring artist on your holiday shopping list. To learn more about Timmons Galleries’ “Thursday Evenings in the Village” and see sample photographs from the exhibit, visit us online: