"I have been a photographer for most of my life. . . . I have always enjoyed observing the life around me, and I had a camera before I owned a guitar." —Graham Nash
From a very early age musician Graham Nash was making photographs; when he was ten years old, his father, an amateur photographer, showed him the art of developing negatives in the family kitchen and turned the young Nash's bedroom into a darkroom. Recently, Nash referred to those early experiences as "[that] piece of magic that would change my life forever."
Hiroshima, Japan, 1987 typifies what Nash describes as his process: "I love not knowing what's ready to greet me. It's about the hunt. It's out there. I just have to find it. At times I put myself in a space to catch images, at others I'm just trying to deal with all the images swirling around me in this chaotic world. Invariably, I find something that I recognize as having value to me, and hopefully for others." This image of a found object echoes the hopefulness of Nash's point of view: "There really is a kind of insane beauty around us all the time. It's just a question of learning to slow down, take a deep breath and meet the moment."
Graham Nash achieved musical success with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young. An avid photography collector, he built one of the most important collections in private hands, and sold it at auction to start Nash Editions—the first fine-art digital printmaking studio in the world—with his partner Mac Holbert. Aperture magazine issue 136 featured work produced by Nash Editions and their mission to create an environment where artists felt comfortable experimenting with this new digital print technology. Nash began exhibiting his own photographs, many of which were taken while he was traveling on tour, in 1990, and published 150 of them in the monograph Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash (Steidl, 2004).