Nicholas Nixon

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Nicholas Nixon (born 1947 in Detroit, Michigan) is a photographer, known for his work in portraiture and documentary photography, and for championing the use of the 8x10 inch view camera.

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Nixon attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1969 with a degree in English. He went on to earn an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1974.

Influenced by the photographs of Edward Weston and Walker Evans, Nixon began working with large-format cameras. Whereas most professional photographers had abandoned these cameras in favor of shooting on 35mm film with more portable cameras, Nixon preferred the format because it allowed prints to be made directly from the 8x10 inch negatives, retaining the clarity and integrity of the image. Nixon has said "When photography went to the small camera and quick takes, it showed thinner and thinner slices of time, early photography where time seemed non-changing. I like greater chunks, myself. Between 30 seconds and a thousandth of a second the difference is very large." Recording each of his many subjects close and with meticulous detail facilitates a deep connection between the viewer and the subject.

His first solo exhibition was at the Museum of Modern Art curated by John Szarkowski in 1976. Nixon’s early city views taken of Boston and New York in the mid-seventies were exhibited at one of the most influential exhibitions of the decade, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered...
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