Neal Slavin is a world-renown photographer and filmmaker. His photographic books include “Portugal,” with an afterword by Mary McCarthy (Lustrum Press, 1971), “When Two Or More Are Gathered Together” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976), and “Britons” (Andre Deutsch/London & Aperture Books, New York, 1986). His films include “Focus” (2001), written by Arthur Miller and starring William H. Macy and Laura Dern.
“My work examines people’s public persona as opposed to their private nature.” writes the artist. “While preparing a photograph I am fascinated to watch which people jockey for position; a shoulder in front of the next person, a bigger smile or a bigger frown will often steal the show … On the other hand there are people who purposefully recede from the camera’s eye—who are posing only because they are part of the club … My role is to make the image whole by incorporating all these bits of human behavior.”
In parallel with his fine art photography, Slavin has shot images for major magazines around the world, including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Life, New York Magazine, The London Sunday Times, and Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung. Additionally, his work has exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York and The National Media Museum in London. He was also honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and has been shown at the famous Les Rencontres D’Arles in France. His most recent show was at Foto/Industria Bologna 2015 Biennale.
Slavin’s photographs are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the International Center of Photography in New York, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., The National Media Museum in London, and the John Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Artist’s website: nealslavin.com
Artist’s wiki: Neal_Slavin