Neal Slavin is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from that institution. He was given an exchange student scholarship at Lincoln College at Oxford University in England. Slavin has been the recipient of several grants and awards and was among the first Fulbright Fellows in Photography. He has received National Endowment for the Arts Grants in, a Creative Service Public Service Award and numerous awards from Communications Arts Magazine, various art directors' clubs throughout the United States, the A.I.G.A. and the Mead Library of Ideas. In 1986 he was honored as the American Society of Magazine Photographers "Corporate Photographer of the Year" in addition to receiving the Augustus St. Gaudens Medal from the Cooper Union School of Art & Architecture.
His work is widely exhibited and Slavin has had many one-person exhibitions, including shows at one of New York's earliest galleries exclusively devoted to photography, the Underground Gallery, in 1965 and 1971. He has also had individual shows at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, the Oakland Museum in Oakland, California, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, the Akron Art Institute in Akron, Ohio, the International Center of Photography and the Light Gallery in New York City and the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in England. Group shows include work exhibited at Documenta* Cologne, West Germany, Venezia '79, Venice, Italy, the Celebration of Color in New York, The International Center of Photography, Color as Form: The History of Color Photography at the International Museum of Photography in Rochester, New York and Counterparts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Slavin's work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, England, The International Museum of Photography in Rochester, the International Center of Photography in New York and the Chase-Manhattan Bank Collection, the Biblioteque National in Paris.
He is the author of three books, Portugal, published by Lustrum Press; When Two or More are Gathered Together, Slavin's first comprehensive book of group portraits about America, and the very well-known book of group portraits about Great Britain entitled Britons.
He recently directed the feature film entitled Focus which stars William H. Macy and Laura Dern distributed by Paramount Classics. It is based on the only novel Arthur Miller wrote, and it is the powerful story of prejudice in New York City in the early 1940's.
Slavin is actively involved in Britons Revisited which is a revisit to some of the groups and associations he photographed 20 years ago for the original Britons. Britons Revisited will be another book and a documentary of the same title.
Mr. Slavin has been directing television commercials since 1988. He is also in development on new feature films among them, Kiki - The Story of a Muse, and I Was a Military Industrial Complex.