Leonard Nimoy was not only an actor, writer, producer, director, poet, host, patron of the arts and Star Trek's beloved Spock, but he was a lifelong photographer who published several books of his photography and exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Born and raised in Boston, Nimoy moved to L.A. at 18 and worked his way up from small roles in Zombies of the Stratosphere and Them! to guest turns in The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.

Then, in 1964, Nimoy beamed up to the Enterprise for Star Trek. Nimoy went on to portray Spock through three seasons of the original show, an animated series and six features, as well as in Star Trek: The Next Generation and, after nearly two decades, Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. Beyond Star Trek, Nimoy's film, TV and stage credits included Mission: Impossible, A Woman Called Golda, In Search Of..., Equus, Vincent, The Simpsons and Fringe. He directed several films: Star Trek III and IV, The Good Mother, but most notably Three Men and a Baby.

However, throughout his life, he never stopped taking photographs. Nimoy's first darkroom was the bathroom of his childhood home in Boston. Late in life, he published three acclaimed books of his photos: Secret Selves, The Full Body Project and Shekhina.

"The photography is a useful outlet for me, for creative ideas," Nimoy told StarTrek.com in 2011. "I can get an idea and execute it on my own. I don’t have to deal with large-budget issues and scores of people. I don’t need to bring together writers and designers and very many performers. I don’t need to be away from home for weeks and months at a time. It’s a comfortable way for me to express ideas and to remain creative without it totally taking over my life."

Nimoy passed away on February 27, 2015.