Leonard Nimoy's Nude Photography Is Beautiful & Empowering (NSFW)

While Leonard Nimoy is best known for playing the original Spock on Star Trek and later establishing The Nimoy Foundation, the recently deceased 83-year-old was also a gifted photographer.

Nimoy's work has been exhibited around the world, and in 1997, he released a provocative photography book called The Full Body Project. The hardcover volume captures full-figured, beautiful women in all their natural glory. The images were all shot on film that Leonard then hand-developed in his darkroom.

One of our favorite quotes from the book: “In these pictures these women are proudly wearing their own skin. They respect themselves and I hope that my images convey that to others.” 

Ahead, we've collected some of Nimoy's most stunning snaps. You can see more of his work at the R Michelson Gallery. We hope you enjoy the female empowerment and self-possession evident in Nimoy's work as much as we do.