Leonard Nimoy’s Passion for Photography

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Actor Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. While famous for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek, what a lot of people may not know is that Nimoy was also a passionate photographer.

Nimoy picked up an interest in photography as a child, studied photography at UCLA, and even considered changing careers from acting to full-time photographer.

Warning: There is some artistic nudity in the links and videos below.

In a 2004 interview with The Republican, Nimoy shared the challenges of having an interest in photography while being famous as an actor:

Being known in one area of the arts and wanting to move into another is complicated. In a certain way, you get attention because of who you are, but you also get a certain amount of resistance.

Still, Nimoy found success in the medium, having his work exhibited at a number of galleries and published in best-selling photo books.

Here’s a interview Nimoy gave a half decade ago about his photo project “Secret Selves.”

A few years later, Nimoy was interview by singer Pharrell Williams about his photography for Reserve Channel:

Here’s a bonus video from that interview in which Nimoy talks about the difference between fine art photography and photojournalism:

You can find a collection of photographs from Nimoy’s “other career” in this online gallery.


Image credits: Header photograph by Seth Kaye Photography and courtesy R.Michelson Galleries

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