On Oct. 1, Los Angeles-based photographer Bruce W. Talamon will share nearly 300 photographs — all of which chronicle the golden age of soul, funk and R&B — in his new book: Bruce W. Talamon: Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972-1982. As Talamon writes in the foreword: “This is a book about a young African American photographer at the start of his career.”
It’s also about several young artists at the start of theirs. As the first photo book to document this era, out on TASCHEN, Talamon does it justice with shots of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and the Jackson Five taken on stage, at home, on the road and elsewhere — most of which have never-before been seen. “I’ve always thought of my photographs as documents that went beyond screaming into a microphone,” Talamon writes. “My body of work has been about the whole unvarnished process…I chased that fleeting visual record for 10 glorious years.”
Ahead of the book’s release, Talamon shared 10 shots from the book exclusively with Billboard below.