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Stevie Nicks – Self-Portraits

Self-Portrait by Stevie Nicks
Self-Portrait by Stevie Nicks

Long before the term “selfie” came into existence, singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks was staying up late at night taking pictures or herself. Beginning in the mid-seventies, Nicks took a series of Polaroid self-portraits in her home as well as hotel rooms around the world while on tour. The former Fleetwood Mac singer says:

Some people don’t sleep at night – I am one of those people. These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed – I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise – like a vampire… I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures, they went into shoeboxes, where they remained. I did everything – I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting  director. It was my joy – I was the model.

Nicks says that she decided to share these images for the first time earlier this year while recording her new solo album 24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault. One of the photos is used for the cover of the album. An exhibition of these self-portraits, hosted by Morrison Hotel Gallery, will open October 10, 2014 at 201 Mulberry Street in New York City. It will move to 116 Prince Street on October 12 and remain open until October 31, 2014. The photographs will also be on display at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Los Angeles at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, October 10 through October 21, 2014. The exhibit is curated by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, who is also a photographer. Contact the gallery for more information.

Self-Portrait by Stevie Nicks
Self-Portrait by Stevie Nicks
24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault Album Cover Photo

Warner Music is selling a deluxe version of the CD that includes a 48 page photobook and a limited edition lithograph of a photo from Nicks’ personal Polaroid collection.

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