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EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY MUSICIAN GRAHAM NASH   Print  E-mail 
Written by Fotomall Staff  
Friday, 11 November 2005

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THE MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS TO HOST AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY MUSICIAN GRAHAM NASH CALLED
EYE TO EYE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY GRAHAM NASH

        San Diego, Ca. - The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego's Balboa Park is pleased to present photographs by celebrated rock musician and accomplished photographer Graham Nash.  Consisting of over 50 photographs featuring portraits of his fellow musicians and travelers, his family and self portraits, the exhibition Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash will be on view from January 8 - April 30, 2006. 

Graham Nash has three claims to the public's attention and respect in the world of photography.  Co-founder of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, he also is an extraordinary photographer, a famous collector of photography, and one of the widely-acknowledged pioneer innovators in the world of digital photography and printing.  His recent book, Eye to Eye, will form the basis of the work in the show, with new additions from his current work.

       
Though he is well known as a central figure in rock and roll music, Graham Nash has had a love for the arts of music and photography since he was a child.  Spanning the years 1953-2003, his photographs are heavily diaristic.  He has spent much of his life on the road with other musicians, and they constitute part of his extended family.  The author and singer of some of rock and roll's most beloved and heralded songs, he has been given the chance to take the portraits of many of his fellow bandmates and travelers in music.  The photographs include portraits of fellow musicians including David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Cass Elliott, and Phil Collins and also photographs of his wife, children and friends.  He has caught many of these stars in their unguarded moments, and presents them with a great intimacy. 

An additional enduring theme in his photographs is the self-portrait.  He has had a continual delight in locating himself in the many chapters of his own life.  He has taken many portraits of himself shot in mirrors or captured in reflections of shop windows, as though he is amused by finding himself wherever he has been.       

"I have always been intrigued by Graham Nash because he is a man who has found so many ways of presenting himself so eloquently," said MoPA Director Arthur Ollman.  "From writing music to singing and photography, to collecting photography and printing it digitally, he has seized so many opportunities to express himself." 

Nash is also considered the father of digital printing.  Alongside his closest friend, photographer and road manager R. Mac Holbert, the musician developed an interest in the fledgling technology of digital imaging in 1990.  Together, they adapted the Iris ink-jet printer for fine-art purposes, and co-founded Nash Editions, the first fine-art digital printmaking studio in the world.  Joni Mitchell encouraged Nash to exhibit his photographs in a gallery setting.  He was given the opportunity by Parco Gallery in Tokyo, and the result was the first fine-art digital print portfolio ever to be exhibited and traveled.  Today, the company is known for printing the work of internationally famous artists such as David Hockney, Joyce Neimanas, and Robert Heinecken. 

The exhibition's photographs, and many more, are featured in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash, published by Steidl books and available in the Museum Store.  The forward was written by Nash, himself, and the introduction was written by Garrett White.  The exhibition Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash was organized by the Museum of Photographic Arts from the collection of the artist.

 

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