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    Neal Slavin: International Society of Twins, Muncie, Ind. (detail)

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Photography: Pugs, twins and beauty queens; Neal Slavin is the master of group photography

Posted by Madeleine Morley,

Does anyone else remember how tricky it was at school whenever the group photographer came in to take the class picture, and without fail someone always had their eyes closed or was in the middle of a sneeze every time the camera’s shutter clicked? The organisation and coordination that must be required to compose Neal Slavin’s epic, energetic group shots is mind-boggling: there is not a single unintended wink or face contortion present.

On his site, Neal describes the picture that first drew him to group photography: “Sometime around 1972 I came across a panoramic group portrait of a Boy Scout troop at summer camp. The photograph mesmerised me. I recall studying their faces, their body language, who were the clowns and who were the serious kids. They came together for an instant in time, which then vanished forever. The only thing left was that image made indelible by its attention to sharp detail and environment.”

Neal has photographed all sorts of groups throughout his photography career, and he has shot for the likes of The Sunday Times, Esquire and The New York Times. There is always someone or something new and intriguing to look at in his dense compositions, and it’s easy to get lost in the rich hues and lucid colours of the images. If you look long and hard enough, you might even begin to imagine that you can see a ghostly Jack Nicholson standing amongst the crowds, just like at the end of The Shining.

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    Neal Slavin: Miss USA contestants, Americana Hotel, New York

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    Neal Slavin: Rubber-boat fishermen, Eugene, Ore.

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    Neal Slavin: Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Sales Convention, New York City

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    Neal Slavin: Society for Photographic Education, Rochester, N.Y.

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    Neal Slavin: Pugs, New York

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    Neal Slavin: For Washington Post Magazine

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Posted by Madeleine Morley

Madeleine joined It’s Nice That as a freelance editorial assistant in May 2014 having graduated from Cambridge University where she edited the student newspaper. In the autumn of 2014 she will begin her Masters course at The Courtauld Institute of Art where she will specialise in architecture.

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