Publishing giants Taschen have just released a new book chronicling the works of legendary photographer of the ’70s, Bruce W. Talamon.
Talamon, a Los Angeles native, was a staff photographer for SOUL Magazine in the 1970s and documented everyone from Michael Jackson and Donna Summer to Marvin Gaye and James Brown during the height of the Soul Train era in the United States.
Bruce W. Talamon. Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972–1982 will feature a large collection of mostly unseen images from the golden age of soul, funk and R&B.
Featuring icons such as Earth, Wind & Fire; Marvin Gaye; Diana Ross; Parliament-Funkadelic; Al Green; Gil Scott-Heron; James Brown; Barry White; Rick James; Aretha Franklin; the Jackson Five; Donna Summer; and Chaka Khan, Taschen’s newest release celebrates the aesthetic magic of Talamon’s iconic photography in the ’70s and ’80s.
Talamon appeared on the scene, quite literally, one day in 1972 when he walked on stage to photograph Isaac Hayes at Wattstax – uncredited. A young Talamon was new to photography, having picked up a camera only a year before, and decided to forgo his studies as a law student for something entirely different – something that nobody in the mainstream media was covering in depth.
Bruce W. Talamon. Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972-1982, published by Taschen, is out now.
Via Another Man Mag.