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May 26, 2024

A Stunning Collection of 46 Polaroid Self-Portraits Taken by Stevie Nicks From Between 1975 and 1987

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Stevie Nicks took a series of Polaroid self-portraits in her home as well as hotel rooms around the world while on tour.

In search of variety, Ms. Nicks used props and costumes, often tinkering with lighting and placement through the night. “I did everything,” she said. “I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy. I was the model.”

She continued taking self-portraits for more than a decade, until, as she put it, “the Polaroids were just almost impossible to use, because there was just no more film and they all broke down.”

The pictures have not been exhibited before. Mostly, Ms. Nicks said, they were stored in shoeboxes, where she filed them soon after taking them.

“Some people don’t sleep at night, I’m one of those people,” Steve Nicks said of the photographs. “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. I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures...”


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