Eye To Eye: Photographs By Graham Nash, Featuring Over 180 B&W Images Spanning 1953-2003, to be Published This Month by Steidl
NYC's Chelsea Gallery Jim Kempner Fine Art to Display Selected Photographs
From the Book Starting June 26 and Host Artist Reception & Signing on July 8
LOS ANGELES, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Graham Nash first started taking pictures when he was ten years old, inspired by his father, an amateur photographer. "I had a camera before I owned a guitar," he remembers. Since then, throughout the time that Nash has made music history as one of rock 'n' roll's most popular songwriters and performers, he has maintained a parallel career as a photographer and digital imaging pioneer. With this month's publication of Eye To Eye: Photographs By Graham Nash, his visual artistry takes center stage, revealing what the book's producer and editor Garrett White calls in the introduction, "the visions of a man who is fundamentally tuned in to the world." White, former director of publications for both LACMA and the Whitney, adds that Nash always strives to, "find the magic in photographs that can move his soul." Nash's own take is, "I'm simply lucky enough to have been there in moments when magic happens -- it's around us all the time, we just have to be aware." That sensibility leaps off the pages of his debut photographic compendium, Eye To Eye, comprising over 180 black & white images spanning 1953-2003. Published by Steidl with distribution through D.A.P., the cloth-bound, large-format hardcover first edition retails for $60.00. Nash Editions, which Graham co-founded with R. Mac Holbert (credited as the book's "imagician"), and which was the world's first museum-quality, cutting-edge, digital fine arts press, rendered the image scans. Many shots portray Nash's family, communicating their deep bonds with images that are at once tender and intensely direct. Among the many friends whose revealing portraits grace the pages are music world compatriots David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell, whose encouragement inspired Nash to first begin exhibiting his work in 1990. Other shots depict random scenes captured during the artist's many tours around the globe, as well as slices of life from closer to home. Some compositions are not peopled at all, yet Nash's stylized abstractions of cityscapes and found objects are equally striking -- as are the self-portraits scattered throughout, in which the artist appears to be almost as much spectator as subject. The heart of Graham Nash's photography is what he describes as, "That decisive moment when it all comes together in that little rectangle in the viewfinder-it all clicks, and then I click." Nash says he knows exactly when that confluence of vision and circumstance occurs, and this guiding intuition is reflected in works that are as compositionally elegant as they are emotionally immediate. No one but Nash, of course, can claim the behind the-lens-vantage point on these exposures of the world around him, but the honesty and presence of his photographs create an experience that is powerfully in the moment for the viewer as well. Following the late May release of Eye To Eye: Photographs By Graham Nash, NYC's Jim Kempner Fine Art will show approximately two dozen images from the book. The exhibition opens June 26, and on July 8, Nash will be on hand for an artist's reception and book signing from 6-8PM. In Chelsea since 1997, Jim Kempner Fine Art specializes in contemporary prints and works on paper; recent exhibitions have featured artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, Jennifer Bartlett, Chuck Close, Nan Goldin, Lucien Freud, and David Hockney. Additional book tour appearances nationwide are being scheduled, with several signings already confirmed. Originally from Blackpool, England, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash is one of contemporary music's most enduring stars, from his earliest British Invasion days with The Hollies, through his era-defining work with Crosby, Stills, Nash (& sometimes Young), and throughout, as an acclaimed solo artist. A lifelong photographer, he is also a renowned collector of the medium, and in 1990, a large portion of his holdings was sold at auction for $2.4 million, at the time a record-setting price for a private photography collection. Nash invested the proceeds in Nash Editions, today widely considered the premiere fine art digital print studio of its kind. Earlier this month, Graham Nash was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Los Angeles, CA's Otis College of Art and Design, the most diverse private art college in the U.S., with students from 39 states and 26 countries. On tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash this summer, Nash has recently completed his first CD as a duo with David Crosby in 26 years, set for release later this year on Sanctuary Records. Right now, Nash -- who is planning a subsequent volume of color photographs -- is savoring the publication of Eye To Eye -- "I've enjoyed taking these pictures," he says, "and now I'm enjoying sharing them." For more information on Eye To Eye, visit www.artbook.com For more information on Graham Nash, visit www.grahamnash.com Confirmed EYE TO EYE book tour appearances: June 17: Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles County Museum of Art June 21: Los Angeles, CA Book Soup July 2: Milwaukee, WI Harry Schwartz Bookstore July 8: New York, NY Artist reception/signing, Jim Kempner Fine Art
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