The other day I was considering purchasing a Michael Nesmith t-shirt when I googled upon Nurit Wilde, the woman with whom the former Monkee had a child. Turns out Nurit liked to take photos and, in my humble opinion, she snapped some pretty intriguing pictures. (She also played a photographer in a Monkees episode.) So I wrote to Nurit with a few questions. Here's her response, and some images. You can also click over to her website to buy prints.
I was born in Israel and left for Czechoslovakia in 1950 when I was five years old. I eventually moved to Canada where I went to school and graduated from college after which I came to Los Angeles where I now live. I worked at the Whisky and The Troubadour as a light and sound person and got to meet and know many of the up and coming performers and actors of the late 1960s. I actually started snapping photos with a Yashica that my friend Larry Hankin (The Committee) left with me for safe keeping. I just started photographing everything and everybody with a 50mm lens and no light meter. Eventually I got some feel for how a camera worked and I would just take photos when we were hanging out or when I was working at the clubs. I went on to use a Pentax, a Nikon and settled on the Olympus OM1. I never studied photography and just winged it so I don't think I ever lived up to my potential and never took it
seriously enough, alas.
I only have a point and shoot digital but I am seriously thinking of getting an SLR. I still use my Olympuses and a Holga just for fun. I mostly take photos of animals and friends and my son Jason Nesmith, who is a musician.
I would say that Neil Young and The Monkees are my popular photos. I hope this does it.
Neil Young, 1966
Tim Hardin, 1967
Penny Marshall, 1974
Jackson Browne, 1966
Nurit Wilde, today