Every now and then a celebrity of sorts turns up at the Americana Shopping Center in Manhasset – Sofia Vergara shopping for engagement rings at London Jewelers, Leonardo DiCaprio dining at Toku – but one of the last people you might expect to find there? Graham Nash, the legendary rocker from Crosby, Stills and Nash, who paid a visit to the uber-chic menswear boutique -- The Mens Market (at Hirshleifers) -- along with a display of his dreamy photography on Wednesday night.
About 200 people turned out to see Nash’ work at the invitation-only event, some clutching their Crosby, Stills and Nash vinyl LPs, many dressed in flannel and hippie shirts and jeans, somewhat of a contradiction to the designer surroundings.
Nash, 71, wearing a dark blue blazer and a royal blue button-down shirt, boasts a shock of white hair and a groovy soul patch, says he still loves getting out there. “The truth is that I like to communicate with people,” he said. The Long Island visit was the second in a three-stop jaunt to promote his photography. The first was on Tuesday at the trendy Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles and on Thursday, he’ll show at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho.
The photos, limited prints of 35, which range in price from $1,500 -$3,500 depending on the size, are mostly black and white and stunning. Among our faves, “Judy Collins kissing Stephen Stills,” taken on Long Island. “We stayed in a house in Sag Harbor rehearsing our first album in 1969,” said Nash. “I’ve been to Long Island quite a lot and quite like it here.”
As far as photography goes, Nash doesn’t care what kind of equipment he works with. “I use all kinds from the most expensive, to a Mickey Mouse camera.” But don’t pose if you want him to take your picture. “I don’t like it when people prepare for a picture. I always want to catch them by surprise or unaware.” One such photo captures Joni Mitchell, with whom, at the time, he has said, he was “blazingly in love” as she listened to her album “Clouds” which she had just finished. He shot it through a hole in the back of a kitchen chair. “What a beautiful woman,” he said.
The photography exhibit has moved on but images are still available for purchase and viewing at the Morrisonhotelgallery.com.