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Take my picture, Leonard Nimoy

October 30, 2009 |  1:00 pm

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Over at the Hero Complex blog, Geoff Boucher talks with Leonard Nimoy about his lifelong passion for photography, which is coming into focus Saturday night at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Nimoy, an avid art collector along with his wife, Susan, is unveiling his latest project, called "Who Do You Think You Are?," at a Halloween fundraiser the couple is hosting for the museum. The event will include installations by Miriam Wosk, music by DJ Eddie Ruscha (son of Ed) and a prize drawing.

Tickets for the costume party start at $350. For $5,000 and up (and one lucky drawing winner), Nimoy will take a portrait of you at the event in the theme of his project, which Boucher explains thusly:

Last year, Nimoy spent two 16-hour days shooting portraits of total strangers in Northampton, Mass., who had answered a public invitation to share a glimpse of their hidden selves. He photographed 95 people and chose 25 of them for the exhibit that will go on display next summer at MASS MoCA.

"The idea was to invite people to reveal their secret selves, the self they wish to be or the self they hide from the world," said Nimoy, 78, who has been an avid photographer since his youth. "There was a measure of bravery in this by everyone involved. I had no idea what to expect. Some of the people walked in with these amazing stories, stories you couldn't anticipate or make up."

To find out what some of those stories are, click here.

-- Scott Sandell

Photo: Leonard Nimoy at home with two of his works. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

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