Leonard Nimoy Remembrance

Leonard Nimoy

 

Leonard Nimoy 1931 - 2015

With great sadness, we must acknowledge the passing of Leonard Nimoy.

For us - though we were certainly fans! - he was never “Spock.”  He was an artist, an inspired creator of images; a photographer blessed with tireless curiosity and a singularly elegant eye.  From an exploration of his spirituality via a feminine re-envisioning in “Shekhina” to a joyful refutation of ‘thin is beautiful’ in “The Full Body Project,” his subject material varied significantly.  But his meticulous approach to the discovery, re-discovery and even re-invention of beauty remained a constant throughout his career.

With each photographic project, though his curiosity may initially have been intellectual or even technical (Leonard fell in love with the camera as a boy and delighted in the accomplishment of a good print) he always circled back to notions of identity, of authenticity.  Communication mattered.  Provoking meaningful conversation mattered.  Images served as emissaries for the thoughtful provocations of the photographer and Leonard seemed to enjoy all aspects of the process.

Certainly the conversations engendered by his photography will continue.  There will be exhibitions.  Prints can be re-printed.  But we’ll miss Leonard Nimoy the photographer - the one behind the camera who ‘spoke’ so eloquently without saying a word.