Saturday, April 27, 2013

Henry Diltz Presents Graham Nash's Photography at Morrison Hotel

Graham Nash has evolved from the well-known musician of the 1960's and is now showing his photography.  Henry Diltz has a gallery, Morrison Hotel which features the current exhibition. He is also showing the work at the LA gallery and did a show in Long Island as well.

Nash,  of Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young graciously appeared at the opening for a brief period.  Also in attendance were Henry Diltz, Elvis Costello and Danny Clinch (who is called by some the "new Henry Diltz" for his rock photography).

He is known for being the man that Joni Mitchell did not marry.  She is known for fiercely guarding her own public and private self image, portraying herself through song and her oil portraiture.  The legend goes that although deeply in love with him, she could not accept the compromise of marriage that she feared she would be forced to accept.  She tells tales of her grandmothers, who despite strong musical callings, gave themselves over to their husbands and families.  She was determined that their lives and sacrifices should not be given in vain.

The gallery has a variety of photos, mostly black and white, of his friends from the 60's and 70's, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and also himself.  It is always a pleasure to see icons captured in everyday life, there is a shot of Joni taken between the rungs of a chair while she was chopping onions in the kitchen.  Taken together, it is also a portraiture of a period, before social media and constant documentation, by ourselves, by our friends and full secret surveillance cameras everywhere in public.

On a personal note, I was glad to have maintained a strong relationship with Henry Diltz from being table neighbors at the Monkees Convention.  I attended the opening and a gentleman with a shock of white hair turned to me and said, "Hello, I'm Graham." and shook my hand as I introduced myself. As Elvis was crossing the room, we also shook hands as I said to him, "Hey, aren't you the guy who got to meet Mike Nesmith?"  As expected, he had quite a perplexed smile on his face.  Danny hung out, looking cool in a porkpie hat.  The evening was a blast.

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