SOL NEELMAN is a failed athlete turned sports photographer living in his home city of Portland, Oregon. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, he began his professional career in 1996...
His pursuit of turning his personal passion into his life’s work, endless love of travel and appreciation for all people and things new, different and weird — as well as the desire to make everything fun — makes Sol one of my favorite people in the world. He also encourages that in others, which I love and appreciate.
Chances are good that you’ve never seen most of the sport that Portland based photographer Sol Neelman photographs. He’s been photographing a lot of these weird sports these past few years, including events that you’d be hard pressed to call sports. There is definitely sporting involved; people in his pictures are doing things that generally require exertion and there are often balls and specialized clothing involved. But not always.