" I began making images at 13. I have used everything from a 1930's Kodak bellows camera
to a digital Hasselblad. The camera is only a tool. I don't carry a camera. When i have a
concept which intrigues me I get my cameras to find a way to explore that idea visually. I don't
bring a camera to a production set. I consider it an invasion of a serious workplace. Some of
my greatest pleasures as an artist have been seeing an audience touched by a performance
or enjoying a print of my work on a wall. It's all about the creative process.
~Leonard Nimoy
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The Fine Art Photography of
Leonard Nimoy
by Mark Sean Orr
February, 2011
"This photograph captures my parents’ personalities. My mother was always very inquisitive
and I captured her stopped, attempting to see what is happening beyond the wall. My father
continued to walk straight ahead".
Matt — Painter of Americans who have witnessed war
I would aspire to be a force of nature, a simple and pure avatar of the Earth.
Leonard Nimoy
Secret Selves
Robin — Graphic Designer
I am a being made completely of light, trapped in a bag full of bones.
Leonard Nimoy
Secret Selves
Double Self Portrait with Light Bulb
Leonard Nimoy photography
Leonard Nimoy
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5" x 7"
Leonard Nimoy has been a photographer most of his life.  “I was about thirteen,” he says,
when he discusses his attraction to the family camera, a bellows Kodak Autographic, which is a
cherished part of his collection to this day. His darkroom was the family bathroom of their small
Boston apartment. His subjects were family and friends. Nimoy’s first enlarger was a do-it-
yourself number built around the same time as the family Kodak.
See more of Leonard Nimoy's photography and more great art by other artists
at the R. Michelson Galleries!
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
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Leonard Simon Nimoy born March 26, 1931 is an American actor, film director, poet, musician
and photographer. Nimoy's most famous role is that of Spock in the original Star Trek series
1966–1969, multiple films, television and video game sequels.

Being relatively new to photography, I was unaware of Nimoy's photography and was excited to
fnd his work featured on a website I found for the R. Michelson Gallery located in Northampton,

I contacted Mr. Nimoy through the Michelson Gallery and he offered the statement below with his
consent for me to post some of his wonderful and unique photographs.

I chose to feature a few self-portraits done by Nimoy, an old photograph he took of his parents, a
landscape shot and a couple from his popular series "Secret Selves". I believe that his "Secret
Selves" is the most fascinating and encourage readers of this article to check out all of this
series, which included Nimoy photographing over 100 different subjects including artists, clergy,
politicians, business owners etc,,,who were asked the question:  "Who do you think you are"?

Each subject was recorded as Mr. Nimoy interviewed them and created a portrait of their
“alternate identity.” The results were revealed in a major exhibition that was shown in the summer
of 2010.

Nimoy said of this collection "I am hoping to be surprised and delighted by what shows up in front
of me. Anything from full costume to nudity, and I would encourage all of it. The "Secret Self" is
the most provocative idea".

Other series of photographic collections by Mr. Nimoy include:
The Full Body Project; a series of photographs with mostly nude "full figured ladies" as the
Shekhina: A photographic essay about the feminine presence of God.
Early Work: A look at some of Nimoy's early photographs
and more.
From the Shekhina series which was also made into a book. When Leonard
Nimoy's book of photography, Shekhina, was published in 2002, it created a
ruckus. His depiction of alluringly glamorous women — some wearing tefillin
in all their naked glory — as the essence of the feminine manifestation of
God struck some as revolutionary and others as salacious. This is my
favorite photo of Nimoy's.
* I was disheartened to learn today that Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. The
following is a sampling of some of Nimoy's photography which was a passion of his aside from
acting. I corresponded with Nimoy in February of 2011 and he gave me some insight into his
photography. He was a multi-talented man and a childhood icon of mine. Live long and prosper
Leonard Nimoy
Born: March 26, 1931, West End, Boston, MA        
Died: February 27, 2015, Los Angeles, California