Nancy Ellison – Altered Ego’s opened on March 19th at the Pacific Design Center. Nancy has been photographing Hollywood, music, writers, the dance world and politicians since the seventies and her body of work is prodigious. In order to put this retrospective together she reviewed over 200,000 negatives, seeing some of her images in a new light and finding pictures she had made and forgotten. The result is a gorgeous show with big beautiful prints of everyone from George Hurrell to Mick Jagger. Her work captures Hollywood’s biggest names provocatively posing for the camera in boudoir situations and relaxed and approachable in candid moments. Everyone looks beautiful and everyone has opened up and shown themselves unafraid in front of her lens. I asked Nancy for her thoughts about some of my favorites in the show.
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