Leonard Nimoy

Richard Michelson and Leonard Nimoy
Richard Michelson and Leonard Nimoy

Dear Friends, It has been a privilege both professionally and personally to have enjoyed a relationship with Leonard Nimoy that has grown into a deep friendship. While it remained a source of amusement for us both to be so regularly mistaken for father and son over the past 12 years, Leonard did indeed become much like a father to me in many ways. I have been the beneficiary of his advice, his spirit, his creativity, and his generosity. My wife and I consider ourselves blessed to have known him, his loving wife Susan, and their extended family. We at R. Michelson Galleries offer them our sincerest condolences. The gifts Leonard has given to all of us—his acting, his photography, his poetry, his presence—will surely live long and prosper. In that spirit, let us continue to celebrate the life and achievements of this brilliant, kind, and loving soul. —Richard Michelson

Rich Michelson Remembers Close Friend Leonard Nimoy

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Fifty Never Before Exhibited Photographs

On Exhibit: September 5-October 25, 2016

Fascinating:The Life of Leonard Nimoy
Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy
Live Long and Prosper
Limited Edition Prints

Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 6-8pm, in conjunction with Arts Night Out

In Leonard Nimoy’s honor, and in conjunction with the many 50th anniversary celebrations of Star Trek, we have decided to display 50 previously printed and signed, but never before exhibited, photographs.

We will be screening clips of Leonard Nimoy discussing his photography and gallery owner Richard Michelson will be available to sign copies of his newest picture book, Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy.


Two and a half years prior to his passing, in the summer of 2012, Leonard Nimoy decided to organize his photographic oeuvre. He scanned and emailed me 384 contact sheets containing 20-35 images each, for a total of almost 10,000 shutter snaps. This was before he went digital with his final series, Secret Selves.

Over the years we have exhibited work from his three major books: Shekhina, The Full Body Project, and Secret Selves, as well as additional photographs from The Black and White Series, Classic Nudes, Early Work, and the Dance Series. Even so, only about 1% of his output has been viewed publicly.

Looking through his life’s work, he wrote to me:

“I’m reminded of the story of the Emperor who commissions a portrait of himself to be done by an important artist. He waits for months, angrier and angrier. Finally he goes to the artist’s studio demanding to know why he’s been kept waiting. The artist asks him to sit and quickly paints a great portrait. Now the Emperor is furious. If the thing could be done so quickly why was he kept waiting so long? The artist takes him into the next room and shows the Emperor the thousands of preliminary sketches he has done in preparation for the work.”

I was surprised by the sheer number of excellent images. I chose some of my favorites and Leonard concurred. We planned to group a selection of the best images by theme into five limited edition boxed sets of 25 photographs each. Only Eye Contact was compiled before Leonard passed away.

Mr. Nimoy’s original photography ranges in price from $1,500 to $25,000 dependent on image, size of image (which range from 5″ x 7″ inches to life-size 67″ x 80″), and size of edition (all are small editions of between 2 and 25). B&W images were shot with film and hand printed by Mr. Nimoy in his darkroom. Color images are digital and the printing was personally supervised by Mr. Nimoy. All photographs are signed and numbered except for the Unsigned Prints.

Leonard Nimoy first experienced the magic of making photographic images as a teenager in the early 1940s. His darkroom was the family bathroom in their small Boston apartment. His subjects were family and friends. He studied at UCLA under Robert Heineken in the early 1970s and later received an “artist in residence” appointment at the American Academy in Rome.

Mr Nimoy’s photography is included in many museum collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Judah L. Magnes Museum, The LA County Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum of NY, The New Orleans Museum of Fine Art and The Hammer Museum.

Besides his rising stature as a major contemporary American photographer, in his spare time Mr. Nimoy moonlights as an actor, director, philanthropist, and as one of the world’s best loved and respected personalities, Mr. Spock. Read More…