Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks to display unseen Polaroid self-portraits for first time in New York | The Independent (UK)

The Independent (UK)
Friday 26 September 2014

Nicks took the photographs at home and on tour during the Seventies and Eighties

radar-fleetwood-getty]Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks is displaying a collection of self-portraits taken on her Polaroid camera during the Seventies and Eighties.

New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery will house the 24 Karat Gold exhibition, presented in accompaniment with her forthcoming October album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.

Nicks credits her insomnia for the creation of the photos. “Some people don’t sleep at night – I am one of those people,” she said in a statement.

“These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed – I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise like a vampire.”

(Pic: Stevie Nicks/Morrison Hotel Gallery)

Nicks added that she “never really thought anyone would ever see” the images, which she stored in shoeboxes.

“I did everything,” she continued. “I was the stylist, the make-up artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy, I was the model.”

Nicks was determined to “learn how to become a photographer” but had no-one to join her on the night-time project.

“I thought, who am I going to ask to stay up all night and then do a show tomorrow?” she said. “I’m not going to get Christine (McVie, also in Fleetwood Mac). She’s going to say, ‘Are you crazy? I’m going to the bar. Bye.’”

(Pic: Stevie Nicks/Morrison Hotel Gallery)

Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has selected the photos to be blown up and displayed next month, The New York Times reports. Stewart co-produced Nicks’ In Your Dreams album, as well as 24 Karat Gold.

Nicks no longer takes Polaroid selfies, after finding the cameras “almost impossible to use because there were just no more film and they all broke down”.