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Happy 70th, Bruce Talamon!

The photographer of the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk turns 70

Bruce Talamon with the Art Edition at TASCHEN Store Beverly Hils
Bruce Talamon with the Art Edition at TASCHEN Store Beverly Hils
Happy 70th birthday to the photographer of the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk Bruce Talamon.

“For ten glorious years, I had the best seat in the house.”
– Bruce W. Talamon

Talamon saw it all during the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, this young African-American photographer from Los Angeles found himself backstage with an all-access pass to the heart of the music scene. He caught his first big break landing a position as a staff photographer at SOUL Newspaper in LA in the early 1970s, just as soul, R&B, and funk were becoming part of the mainstream. He captured the rehearsals and sound checks, recording sessions and costume fittings, the quiet reflective moments and life on the road, and, of course, the wild photo shoots and memorable performances.