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Neil Young, June 1988

Neil Young, June 1988

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The Eighties were the most challenging decade for Neil Young, but he poses for William Coupon with a well-deserved look of victory in his green eyes. Young, recently released from an onerous contract with Geffen Records, is as vital and contrary as ever; his anti-corporate-sponsorship video “This Note’s for You” – also the title of his new album – had been banned by MTV but embraced by the rest of the world. (MTV would later do a 360, presenting Young with a “Best Video of the Year” award.) Also in the mix: his newly founded Bridge School and a reunion album with Crosby, Stills and Nash. It was the beginning of a very impressive third act that continues today.

William Coupon

William Coupon is an American photographer, born in New York City, known principally for his formal painterly backdrop portraits of tribal people, politicians and celebrities.
Among is most notable work are photographs of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, which were “Person of the Yea...
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William Coupon is an American photographer, born in New York City, known principally for his formal painterly backdrop portraits of tribal people, politicians and celebrities.
Among is most notable work are photographs of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, which were “Person of the Year” covers for Time Magazine, Yasser Arafat, George Harrison, Mick Jagger and Miles Davis.
William Coupon was born in New York City in 1952, moved to Washington, D.C. and later to San Francisco. He attended Syracuse University and ultimately returned to New York City to begin his photographic career. In 1979 he started to photograph backdrop portraits of New York’s youth culture, to document its New Wave/Punk scene at the then popular Mudd Club in lower Manhattan. Commercial work soon followed for a variety of international magazines, record companies and advertising agencies.
In the 80’s and early 90’s he continued to photograph portraits, often of various sub-cultures and indigenous peoples, including Haitians, Florida state penitentiary inmates, Australian Aboriginals, drag queens, Alaskan Eskimos, Scandinavian Laplanders, Turkish Kurds, Moroccan Berbers and New Guinea tribesmen. These were titled his “Social Studies” series. He was invited to photograph the world’s tribal leaders during Earth Summit in May of l992 in Rio de Janeiro. His most current work, which embraces the digital medium in places like Cuba, The Philippines, Venezuela and the U.S., is more candid, but still formalistic in approach.
William describes his portrait style as up-close and painterly, with warm earth tones against a mottled canvas. The style is usually medium-shot and classically lit using medium format cameras, which the photographer says references the Dutch painting masters such as Rembrandt and Holbein. “The portraits have a quality about them that is less about fashion than about personality,” says William. “As groups, there is an attempt to show their disparity as well how they relate to each other among the earth’s faces, in a manner that is real, non-compromising, or over-glamorized.” His works are often accompanied by environmental images, which have a journalistic feel. Subject matter includes a series of champion boxers, a nude series, a collected doll portrait series, and a still life project of found objects.
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