Graham Nash

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Graham Nash
Graham Nash live at the Moondance Jam on July 10, 2008
Background information
Birth nameGraham William Nash
OriginBlackpool, Lancashire, England
GenresPop music,folk rock
InstrumentsGuitar, vocal harmonies
Years active1960s- present
LabelsAtlantic Records
ABC Records
MCA Records
Reprise Records
Artemis Records
Associated actsThe Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Crosby & Nash

Graham William Nash (born 2 February 1942) is a British singer-songwriter known for his light tenor vocals and for his songwriting contributions with the British pop group The Hollies, and with the American folk-rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Nash is a photography collector and a published photographer.

Music career

  • 1960s: Nash became a founding member of The Hollies, one of the pop groups from the UK associated with the "British Invasion". Using his keen sense of social poetry, often writing in collaboration with Allan Clarke, Nash contributed to many of the band's songs. He shaped the group's artistic direction on the albums Evolution, and Butterfly. Nash endeavoured to bring the then nascent hippie aesthetic to The Hollies sound. However, it failed to register with the group's traditional audience in England and throughout the rest of Europe.

August, CSNY play the Woodstock Festival.

  • 1970: CSNY define the Woodstock era as part of the TV documentary on the Woodstock festival with their rendition of Woodstock written by Joni Mitchell.

Nash becomes politically active after moving to San Francisco. Along with others like Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan, Nash presses for social change with his lyrics of outrage: Military Madness and Chicago (We Can Change the World). His songs resonate because they derive from shared experience: Immigration Man.

  • 1971: Nash teams with Crosby as a recording and performing duo. Also releases his first solo album Songs For Beginners
  • 1977: Nash and Crosby reunite with Stills as CSN.
  • 1978: Nash becomes a citizen of the United States of America on August 14.

Photography career

Interested in photography as a child, Nash begins to collect photographs in the 1970s. He searches for images that reveal the human condition. The sale of his massive collection in 1990 by Sotheby's becomes a milestone in the auction market for fine-art photography.[3] Proceeds of the auction sale provide the financial means to found Nash Editions, the first ever digital fine-art printing atelier.

In the late 1980s, Nash begins to experiment with the early digital printers then becoming available through commercial printing bureaus in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Creating a true black and white print proves difficult. None of the printers are very successful although the IRIS Graphics 3047 printer shows promise because it can print on fine art papers. Nash meets programmer David Coons through friend Steve Boulter of IRIS Graphics. With image management software written by David Coons and using a custom scanner designed and assembled by David Coons, David Coons and Graham Nash develop methods to adapt the IRIS printer for the fine-arts printing of black-and-white photographs on archival-paper substrates.[4]

1989: The system that was to form the basis of Nash Editions was first tested in 1989 by Sally Larsen to produced her Transformer ink jet print series, one of which is now in the permanent collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. These very first IRIS prints made with David Coons' software were printed by him on one of Walt Disney Studio's IRIS Graphics IRIS 3047 printers.

1990: Graham Nash shows his own photography at Parco Stores in Tokyo. The Parco show entitled Sunlight on Silver is a series of celebrity portraits by Nash which are reconstructed by David Coons from a proof sheet. This Parco show is the first exhibition ever of digitally produced fine art. The show travelled throughout Japan and was seen by thousands. [5]. Subsequently, Nash has exhibited his photographs at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and elsewhere.[6]

In 2005, Nash donates an IRIS Graphics 3047 printer and Nash Editions ephemera to the National Museum of American History, a Smithsonian Institution.


Please also see discographies for The Hollies, Crosby & Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Other contributions


Cover of Graham Nash's photography book, Eye to Eye, 2004
  • Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash by Nash and Garrett White (2004)
  • Off The Record: Songwriters on Songwriting (2002)


  1. ^ For What It’s Worth, No Nukes Reunite After Thirty Years
  2. ^ Musicians Act to Stop New Atomic Reactors
  3. ^ Beth Gates-Warren, editor, Photographs from the Collection of Graham Nash, Sotheby's, New York, 25 April 1990
  4. ^ Harald Johnson, "Mastering Digital Printing", Thompson Course Technology, 2002, ISBN 1929685653
  5. ^ Masayoshi Yamada, Graham Nash Photographs: Sunlight on Silver, Parco Co. Ltd, Tokyo, 1990
  6. ^ Garrat White, Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash, Steidl, 2004 ISBN 3882439602

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