MUSIC: PHOTOGRAPHY & GIFT BOOKS

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 12 in. / 304 pgs / 100 color / 220 bw.

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Catalog: FALL 2020 p. 24   

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REEL ART PRESS

Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs

Edited by Dave Brolan. Art direction by Richard Gray. Text by Neal Preston, Brian May, Roger Taylor.

Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs

The official book on Queen, one of the greatest ever rock bands, photographed by one of the greatest ever rock photographers—with text by Brian May and Roger Taylor and intimate accounts from Neal Preston revealing the stories behind the pictures

Neal Preston is one of the most prolific and highly regarded rock photographers of all time. He began working with Queen in the mid 1970s as their tour photographer. He was present on the legendary South America tour in 1981, Live Aid in 1985, and the band’s last tour with Freddie Mercury in 1986, among others. Brian May has commented, “Neal just has the knack, the skill, to always be in the right place at the right time.”

This official book, produced in collaboration with the band, features over 200 images and is an exhilarating ride through their years on the road together. It is the first time Preston and Queen have collated this work in one volume: glimpses of life backstage, live performances, post-performance highs and lows, and outtakes—many of which have never been seen before—are accompanied by memories and anecdotes from Preston with forewords by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. The pages vibrate with a palpable energy.


Featured images are reproduced from 'Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs.'

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Classic Rock

Scott Munro

A statement on Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs reads: “It is the first time Preston and Queen have collated this work in one volume: glimpses of life backstage, live performances, post-performance highs and lows, and outtakes – many of which have never been seen before – are accompanied by memories and anecdotes from Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. The pages vibrate with a palpable energy.”

MetalCastle

Eray Erel

Brian May has recently talked about the book and shared his honest thoughts [...]“Neal just has the knack, the skill, to always be in the right place at the right time.”

Express.co.uk

George Simpson

Titled Queen - The Neal Preston Photographs, the book covers Queen tours from 1975 to 1986. Not just pictures on stage, but backstage, on the road and everything in between. Both active Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor will be contributing to the exciting new project.

Blabbermouth.net

Editors

Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs" is the official photographic volume documenting the band's rise to glory. Preston and members of QUEEN, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, have collated over 300 hundred images — many of which have never been seen before — along with Preston's personal account, to offer a glimpse into the exhilarating life of QUEEN.

ABC: News Radio

Matt Friedlander

A new official Queen coffee table book, featuring images that the British rock legends' longtime official tour photographer Neal Preston shot of the band during its heyday[...] Queen -- The Neal Preston Photographs, will feature more than 300 images, including classic pics and previously unpublished photos, covering the period from 1977 to 1986. The book includes images capturing the band on stage, backstage and in candid moments while on the road.

ArtDaily

Editors

Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs covers some of the most significant Queen tours [...] Each photograph of the band on set is an explosion of movement and intense feeling. Freddie Mercury striding across the stage in a diamond leotard with unparalleled precision or the famous shot of him leaning back as far as he could go at Live Aid; the frenzied expression of Roger Taylor at his drumkit, the cool confidence of Brian May riffing off Mercury and the serious vigour of John Deacon, makes the energy in each shot palpable.

MOJO Magazine

Mark Blake

From 1977, rock smudge Neal Preson documented Queen on-stage and off, braving machine guns and Wack Jacko. Now there's a book of his best work with the band, some of it unseen. "You just do your job and try not to get shot." he [says].

Forbes: Media

David Chiu

[Preston's] images captured the band at the height of their powers, personified by the flamboyant stage theatrics of the late and beloved lead singer Mercury. Not only photographing the band in their familiar element of performing underneath their dazzling lighting rig, but Preston also candidly documented the band's lives offstage—whether it's them hanging out in their dressing rooms before a gig, meeting other famous people, or just goofing around.

Daily Mail

Tate Delloye

Renowned rock photographer Neal Preston's new book, Queen, documents the four decades he spent snapping the band on tour with dozens of never-before-scene candid photographs taken behind the scenes [...] Guitarist Brian May said: 'Neal captured the essence of Queen, live and dangerous, while we quietly and unexpectedly got on with becoming, perhaps momentarily, the biggest band in the world.'

Forbes

David Chiu

For about a decade, the veteran American photographer Neal Preston had exclusive access to the British rock band Queen, photographing them both onstate and offstage throughout their tours: from News of the World to the A Kind of Magic albums. All of his images capturing the classic Queen lineup of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon have been assembled in a new photo book that really depicts the band at their most regal and majestic best. Of course Preston's memorable photograph of Mercury in a classic pose from his 1985 Live Aid performance is in this book—as if you had to ask.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/5/2021

Remembering Freddie Mercury, born OTD 1946

Remembering Freddie Mercury, born OTD 1946

Featured photograph, of inimitable Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 75 years old today, on the North American Jazz Tour of 1978, is reproduced from Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs—the official book on the band. “Freddie was the obvious visual focus of the band for me,” photographer and author Neal Preston writes. “He was always happy to have me around and I came to realize that his favorite thing in life was to be Freddie Mercury. Even when he was ‘off’ he was ‘on.’ He never told me to put a camera down, on the contrary he seemed to revel in the fact that I was always around to document everything that went on. As a badge of honor and acceptance I was immediately given a very Queen-esque nickname by Freddie, dubbed ‘Linda Lens.’” continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/29/2020

Music lovers, rejoice! 'Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs' releases worldwide today.

Music lovers, rejoice! 'Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs' releases worldwide today.

Featured spreads are from Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs, Reel Art Press's highly anticipated "official book" on the band—with texts by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Neal Preston, who started documenting Queen on- and off-stage in 1977. "Many of the pictures in this book have never been seen, and as a fan, I was amazed at the treasure trove of unseen gold I uncovered in the files," Preston writes. "It is some of the best work I have ever done. Taking these photographs allowed me to get to know Freddie, Roger, John and Brian in a different way than other people because I watched through a camera, which does not lie. It doesn’t have to. It’s invisible.
I think Freddie would be proud of this book. I can picture myself walking down the airplane aisle and he’s looking at it very intensely. I ask him if he likes it and he looks right at me and says, 'It's beautiful darling, it just needs to be bigger. . .' I can literally hear him saying that as I write this." continue to blog


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