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On the Other Side of the Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy

"Woman Crossed Arms" photograph by Leonard Nimoy
“Woman Crossed Arms”, photograph by Leonard Nimoy

Actor/director Leonard Nimoy was probably best known to most as the Vulcan, Spock in the science fiction television and movie series, Star Trek. However, Leonard Nimoy spent much of his time creating and displaying his fine art photography. Nimoy’s love of photography began when he was a teenager in the 1940s. In the 1970s he studied photography under Robert Heineken at UCLA, and in 2001 he received an “artist in residence” appointment at the American Academy in Rome. Leonard Nimoy’s photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world.

An exhibition of 43 photographs by Leonard Nimoy opened this weekend in Graham, North Carolina. Presented by Alamance Arts, the exhibition is located in their galleries at the Captain James and Emma Holt White House. “On the Other Side of the Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy” consists of 43 photographs, including 10 from the personal collection of Bonnie Moss, a longtime friend of Nimoy. Moss, a resident of Alamance County, was instrumental in bringing the exhibition to her hometown.

According to News & Record :

When she was 15, Moss convinced her parents to give her $3 so she could buy a photograph by actor Leonard Nimoy, available exclusively through his fan club. Over the next four decades, Moss continued to follow Nimoy’s career and collect his photography. She met him for the first time in 1979, backstage at a play, and continued to attend his lectures, performances and public events. Eventually, Moss became friends with the actor and Rich Michelson, the owner of the gallery where many of his works are on display.

On the Other Side of the Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy, the first exhibition of Nimoy’s photography since his death in February 2015, will feature more than 50 years of Nimoy’s work. Photographs that will be on exhibit come from his Early Work, Self Portraits, Black & White series, Shekhina, Classic Nudes and Dance series and Landscapes, as well as his last collection, Eye Contact. Leonard Nimoy’s work is permanently and primarily exhibited at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA.

Almiera Spain, photograph by Leonard Nimoy
Almiera Spain, photograph by Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy published several books of his photography including: Shekhina, The Full Body Project, and Secret Selves.

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