Nancy Lee Andrews
Former Ford model-turned international photographer Nancy Lee Andrews spent her early educational days, as she refers to them, in front of the camera. She became more interested in clicking the shutter rather than being the subject. One day while working for Milton Green and asking too many questions about photography, he handed her a camera and showed her how to load film and told her to go out and shoot and bring the film back. That was the beginning of a life long love affair with the camera.
A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll, her coffee table book, reveals the intimate access to music royalty that was accorded to Nancy Lee Andrews while she was engaged to Ringo Starr for six years. The photographs, beginning in 1970, present assorted iconic images that have become an historical imprint of that era. Among legendary names pictured in this compilation besides Ringo are John Lennon, George Harrison, Keith Moon, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Gregg Allman, to name a few.
Andrews’ highly original and perceptive camera work, which captures the life and time of a pivotal American generation, demonstrates her shutter-speed quickness in composing and getting the quintessential shot, both in private and public settings.
The Tennessee State Museum originated her exhibition and book launch in the summer of 2008, and has organized her photography to appear at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, later this year. Her work has been exhibited in the National Arts Club in Washington D.C., and in cites around the U.S.