Nicholas NixonAbout Forty Years

The exhibition presents a survey of the photographer’s work, marked by a feeling of intimacy and attention to detail.

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce About Forty Years, a four-decade survey of the work of Nicholas Nixon (b. 1947). The exhibition will be accompanied by a 180-page hardcover publication of the same title, to be published by Fraenkel Gallery and distributed by D.A.P.

Bebe, Cambridge, 1980

To present the world as he sees it Nixon has consistently used large, unwieldy cameras, with negatives measuring 8 x 10 inches or 11 x 14 inches, to describe life in precise, compelling detail.

His recurring themes—portraits of the very young and the very old, cities seen up close and afar, people on their porches, etc.—at first may appear to be unrelated strands. But, in retrospect, the photographs are woven together by the artist’s singular sensibility: a feeling of intimacy gained by clear-eyed, lucid description.

Elm Street, East Cambridge, 1981

Whether photographing landscape, couples making love, extreme close-ups of hair and skin, or family groups, Nixon’s work captures fleeting moments and gestures in an extended pause. His photographs seem to suspend time while evidencing a palpable consciousness of its passage.

View of Essex Street, Near the Massachusetts Turnpike, Boston, 1976

Though well known for The Brown Sisters, the continuing annual portrait of his wife, Bebe, and her three sisters, Nixon’s wider body of work has been less well documented. The new book About Forty Years features 100 exquisitely reproduced images and will present the most thorough view yet of Nicholas Nixon’s expansive contributions to photography.

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