Leonard Nimoy: Secret Selves

Click here to watch clips from the DVD included with the book.


An 80 page catalog has been published in conjunction with the exhibition Secret Selves and includes a foreword by Joseph Thompson, Director of MASS MoCA; an introduction by Leonard Nimoy; a behind-the-scenes description of the project by Richard Michelson, and an essay by John Stomberg, Chief Curator of the Williams College Museum of Art. The publication is fully illustrated with full page plates of the 25 photographs featured in the exhibition as well as over 80 additional images from the series. To order, click here.


Do you have a Secret Self?

According to Greek mythology, humans were once four legged and four armed.
When they became too arrogant and powerful Zeus split them in two.

Since then mankind is in constant search for our other half in order to feel complete.

Do you have another half? Do you have a self never revealed? Who do you think you are?


In November 2008, Leonard Nimoy was at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts, to begin his latest photographic journey: Secret Selves. We gathered 100 subjects from all walks of life: artists, clergy, politicians, business owners, and asked them 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 major exhibitions at MassMoca (where it became the most visited exhibition in the Museum’s history; and was selected by ArtNet as one of the Top Ten Museum exhibitions of 2010) and at R. Michelson Galleries.

As Mr. Nimoy wrote: 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. Do you have a secret self?

Watch some video clips from the Secret Selves photo shoot with Leonard Nimoy

See available signed proofs


Back to Leonard Nimoy Photography

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.