Celebrating 40 Years of Color Photography by Neal Slavin (NSFW)

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There was ire towards color photography before it became the mainstream choice among photographers. It was thanks to a few people from the late 20th century who changed the way color photography was perceived.

American photographer Neal Slavin belongs to such; a pioneer in color photography. He become one of the first photographers to produce fine art photographs in color, and he has been doing so since the 1970's.

And it's been forty years or so since he has done so.

Bath Art School, Bath UK 1984. © Neal Slavin; Chabad Rebbe, Brooklyn, NY, 2011. © Neal Slavin

Most people would describe Slavin's oeuvre as whimsical and quirky, although his photographs often fall under documentary photography. It was the same reception when William Eggleston, another color photography pioneer, became popular.

Slavin would document groups and gatherings of different people -- from dancers, to religious groups and working organizations -- a portrait collection of diversity.

Meditation on Death, Brooklyn, NY 2016. © Neal Slavin. Miller Gallery Life Models, Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Sales Convention, NYC 1974. © Neal Slavin. Meditation on Death, Brooklyn, NY 2016. © Neal Slavin. Bingo & Buddies Santa Clauses, Silver Springs, MD 1987. © Neal Slavin. Olutano Cherubim and Seraphim Pentecostal Church, Brooklyn, NY 2012. © Neal Slavin. Mahayana Buddhist Ceremony, NYC 2016. © Neal Slavin. Muslim Women Bowing, NYC 2016. © Neal Slavin.

The photographer would allow the groups to arrange themselves either by hierarchy, group dynamics, or status, and the relationships between each person would manifest in the images.

Up to this day, his group portraiture remains a fresh take on knowing and capturing the essence of each individual present in the group photo.

Cemetery Workers & Green Attendants, Ridgewood, NY 1974. © Neal Slavin. Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, AZ 1974. © Neal Slavin. Sabrett Hot Dog Vendors, NYC 1974. © Neal Slavin. Painters of the Forth Bridge, Firth of Forth, Scotland 1984. © Neal Slavin.

Images are sourced from Lens Culture.

written by lomographymagazine on 2017-02-27 #culture #people #color-photography #documentary-photography #neal-slavin

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