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Никогда ранее не публиковавшиеся фотографии группы Queen

Еще до того, как он c ними лично познакомился, он сфотографировал четвёрку. Первый контакт фотографа Нила Престона с рапсодией Queen состоялся в 1976 году, когда он снял одно из их выступлений в Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Годом позже руководитель отдела рекламы компании Elektra Records попросил его поехать в турне с этой фантастической британской рок-группой. С самого начала все четверо парней были довольно приветливы и, казалось, искренне рады, что я рядом. Мне дали очень большие возможности для работы, то, что было нужно. Группа стала постепенно "второй семьей" Престона. В течение десяти лет он следовал за ними за сценой и в пути. Снимая в неожиданно откровенные моменты на саундчеках, репетициях, собраниях группы, интервью для прессы, самолетах, поездах и гастрольных автобусах. "Я чувствовал себя в непрерывном турне, снимал два-три полных дня в неделю".

Veteran rock photographer, Neal Preston first photographed Queen in 1976 when they were playing a gig at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. One year later, he was asked to go on tour with the British band and subsequently spent 10 snapping pictures of them until their last tour in 1986. Above, Queen and their Britannia 4-jet, USA, 1978

Preston took the this iconic photo of Freddie Mercury on stage at Wembley Stadium in 1986. The tour would inevitably become Queen's last, as Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS one year later. He said: 'It really hit me that this was not the band I¿d shot in 1976 in Santa Monica. This band was another animal altogether. They were mammoth'

Престон сделал эту знаковую фотографию Фредди Меркюри на сцене стадиона "Уэмбли" в 1986 году.
Турне станет последним для Queen, так как год спустя у Меркурия был диагностирован СПИД.

Queen guitarist, Brian May stops to smell the the flowers at Disneyland. Preston said that May came across 'aloof' when they first met, but eventually they bonded over a mutual interest in stereoscopic photograph and have become life-long friends. May is credited with starting the band in 1969 as a creative outlet while he studied astronomy at London's Imperial College. 'He's extremely bright. He has a doctorate in astrophysics if I'm not mistaken. So he is actually Dr. Brian May and not just the Brian May we know and love,' said Preston

Гитарист Брайан Мэй (Brian May) нюхает цветочки в Диснейленде.



Freddie Mercury and Queen drummer Roger Taylor pause during the North American 'Jazz Tour' in 1978. Preston told DailyMail.com: 'Roger was the one that I initially gravitated towards because he had all the rock star trappings. He had the sense of humor, he's outgoing, the personality and style'


Born in Queens, New York, Neal Preston, 68, (pictured) began his career as a photographer at age 16. But he admits, his 50-year long career happened on accident+21

Фотограф Нил Престон, 68 лет. Начал снимать в возрасте 16 лет.

Его книга Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs публикуется Reel Art Press


Queen bassist, John Deacon rocks out on stage next to Freddie Mercury during The Hot Space Tour in 1982. Preston said Queen shows were visually 'a feast beyond words. There was never a bad angle or camera position.' He said each tour after 1977 got 'bigger and bigger,' the productions were more ornate with larger lighting rigs, stage settings, and pyrotechnics. 'For me it was like being a kid in the ultimate candy store'


Queen, Slane Castle, Ireland, 1986. Preston snapped Queen standing in front of the massive audience that came to watch their gig at Slane Castle in 1986. He said, '...there were some of the most drunken rock fans I¿d ever seen in my life at any show. Those people were world-class drinkers. They put the Russian fans at Billy Joel¿s USSR shows to shame'


Queen drummer, Roger Taylor is pictured at home in Los Angeles. In 1968, Roger Taylor responded to an advertisement that Brian May posted for his early band named 'Smile.' May was immediately impressed with Taylor's chops and energy. In 1969, Taylor lived with and co-owned a stall at Kensington Market with Freddie Mercury that sold second-hand clothing. When Smile broke up, the three men started Queen and added John Deacon as bassist in 1971


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Когда я был там, то многие фото не отражались.
Возможно потому, что смотрел на Айпеде, но боюсь, что могут быть и другие причины, типа цензуры в виде ростехнадзора.

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