Slavin graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York, where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He was awarded an exchange student scholarship at Lincoln College, Oxford in England.
Neal Slavin has received a number of grants and awards. He was one of the first Fulbright Fellows in Photography. He received US National Endowment for the Arts grants and a number of awards from Communication Arts Magazine. In 1986, he was named as the Corporate Photographer of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Photographers. He was also awarded the 1988 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Medal and the 2005 President's Citation by his alma mater, the Cooper Union.
Slavin is listed in various reference works including Who's Who in American Art, The Photographers Guide, published by the New York Graphic Society, and Men of Achievement, published by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England.
Slavin is the author of several books:
- Portugal, published by Lustrum Press in 1971. A documentary book of group portraits about America in the mid-1970s.
- When Two or More are Gathered Together, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1976.
- Britons, published by Andre Deutsch Ltd., London, and Aperture Books, New York in 1986. Britons, a set of photographs of people from Britain for a book and exhibition, which was commissioned by the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in England, was seen on exhibition at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York and at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in April, 1986.
Television and film
Since 1988, Slavin has undertaken film-making and commercials for television. In 1994, he ceased his commercial work to devote all his time to developing, directing and producing a film entitled Focus, based on Arthur Miller’s only novel, about prejudice and race in America in the early 1940s.
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