Sol Neelman (b. 1970) is a failed athlete turned sports photographer living in his home city of Portland, Oregon, USA.
A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, he began his professional career in 1996 photographing former Yugoslavia for an international humanitarian organization. In 1997, he joined a community paper in McMinnville, Oregon as a staff photographer. Three years there led to seven years of service at The Oregonian. In 2007, he was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists recognized for Breaking News Reporting. He left his staff position that summer to pursue a lifelong photo project on sports culture around the world. In July 2011, Kehrer Verlag published his first photo book, "Weird Sports."
His images have also appeared in a variety of publications, including National Geographic, Penthouse, ESPN The Magazine, Rolling Stone, Stern, Newsweek, TIME and The New York Times. Nike, Umpqua Bank, eBay and Ace Hardware are among his commercial clients. He has a new weekly photo column on Wired.com and is already busy working on his next book, cleverly titled "Weird Sports Vol. 2."
Addicted to travel, he lives to discover interesting people with a crazy sense of humor. Some of the highlights: falling in love with Sarajevo, freezing in Poland, sweating in India, studying in Lyon and shadowing Olympians in both Beijing and Vancouver. There was also that little-known gambling experience along the Trans Siberian Railway.
Photos of the fun and weird sports he discovers are posted regularly on his blog at solneelman.com.