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.

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Few images are more powerful than a kick-line of carefree naked women.
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Nimoy's black-and-white photos are simple, yet provocative.
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From Nimoy's "Black and White" series, this woman is strong yet feminine.
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It looks like Nimoy was a #freethenipple fan long before Chelsea, Miley, or Willow.
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We love the bright pops of color in this stunning photograph, also part of his "Black and White" series.
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This nude dancer shows the intricacies of the body in movement.
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These women from "The Full Body Project" are working it.

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