Graham Nash's PhotographsShots of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and more on display this month at the Morrison Hotel Gallery
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Graham Nash, New York 1974
"That was taken in my suite at the Plaza Hotel, in New York City. I think it was August of 1974. We were coming to the end of the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reunion tour. And with all due respect, it was fucking crazy. There was so many drugs, and it was so chaotic. I needed to find an inner peace within myself, so I started to draw in a book, and I filled it with drawings.
"I'm drawing in the bathroom here. I saw myself in that little pull-out mirror for shaving and I knew it was a great image. My girlfriend Calli Cerami was with me. She wasn't a photographer. I said, 'Here's my camera. Hold it up and press halfway down to focus and then press the trigger.' And that's the shot. So although it's a self-portrait because it was what I imagined in my mind, the trigger was pressed by somebody else."