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November 2, 2013
Boston University
Trustee Ballroom
1 Silber Way
Boston, MA

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3. Nicholas Nixon

Bebe and I, Brookline, 2013
Achival Pigment Print, 5/7
Signed Verso, 14 x 18.75 in.
Courtesy of the artist


Nicholas Nixon (b. 1947) is known for his intimate and revealing black and white large format photographs. He has photographed diverse subjects, such as schools in and around Boston, people with AIDS, porch life in the rural south, and couples. In 1975, he began his ongoing annual portrait series The Brown Sisters, which features his wife, Bebe, and her three sisters. More recently, Nixon has begun working in color with a high-resolution digital camera. His recent bodies of work are self-portraits with his wife and landscape views made in France and Cambridge (MA).

His work is featured in solo exhibitions around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (TX), National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), Cincinnati Art Museum (OH), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA), and Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam, Netherlands). Nixon’s photographs also reside in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA).

Nixon has received a number of prestigious awards in his career, including three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and two Guggenheim Fellowships. He also has published a number of books, including Pictures of People, The Brown Sisters, and Close Far.

Nixon is represented by the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco and Pace McGill Gallery in New York City.

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Keynote Speaker
Peter Galassi
Former Curator of Photography,
Museum of Modern Art

Lifetime Achievement Award presented by
Tom Wolfe

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