The Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho and the Americana Shopping Mall in Manhasset, LI, are both currently proud to be hosting rock legend's Graham Nash's Virtual Harmony photography exhibit. I was lucky enough to attend the opening night celebration at the Manhattan location at 124 Prince Street and got some of Nash's own views on his photography. The photos are not your typical live, sweaty "rock star" shots but show vulnerability like the humble Nash himself has. He likes to portray a rock star having "a thinking man's moment" with no concern for vanity.
|Graham Nash (second to left) and Friends|
If you are familiar with Nash's photo work, you know that not only does he have an insider's view and access to shooting other rock legends, but he is really all over the charts with his work--his last exhibit in New York (called The Art Of Graham Nash at the ACA Galleries last autumn) included large collages of images that dealt with particularly heavy subjects like war and racism, next to amusing photos of Nash taking photos of himself in hotel bathroom mirrors. The Visual Harmony exhibit, which is at the Morrison Hotel Gallery through mid-May, is only about rock and roll.
There are candid and posed shots of the likes of CSN&Y on vacation in Hawaii, a unique b/w side profile shot of Elvis Costello wearing a pork pie hat, a whimsical oversized b/w shot of Neil Young with bangs before he was in CSN&Y and more. There is even a colorful Pink Floyd live shot and one of the best Johnny Carter and Joni Mitchell performance shots of the 70s ever taken. Nash's color self-portrait, which actually is hidden way in the back of the Morrison Hotel Gallery Loft area, shows a nearly unrecognizable Nash with his longest-ever hair and beard (if he had kept it up, he probably could have joined ZZ Top in a month or two more, LOL)!
As for his future projects, the twice-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told me, "I have a million things going on. Not just touring (with CSNY) but I am just finishing autobiography coming out with Crown Books in September and I just finished (producing) Stephen's 50 Years boxed set and finalizing a live CSNY 1974 show being released as an album...and I have been painting like a maniac." I hope to be covering more of this Renaissance Man's work. His paintings are amazing--they go from pop art to very "painterly" and straight up “abstract”--and I can't wait to see his newest pieces!
Photos by Anne Raso and Morrison Hotel Gallery