After moving to Boston in 1974, Nicholas Nixon took his camera to rooftops as a way to learn his new city, capturing views with great clarity using a large-format camera, an approach he soon expanded to include New York City and other sites. A year later, he began his best-known body of work, an ongoing series of annual portraits of his wife and her three sisters. While he is best known for portrait series of schoolchildren, the elderly and ailing, and his family, Nixon has continued to step back, both literally and metaphorically, to focus his lens on the changing urban landscape as a structural counterpoint to the personal scale of his portraits.


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Artist
Nicholas Nixon, American, born 1947
Title
Commercial Wharf, Boston
Date
1975
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 7 11/16 × 9 11/16 in. (19.5 × 24.6 cm) Sheet: 8 × 9 15/16 in. (20.3 × 25.2 cm)
Credit Line

Bequest of Morgan Garwood

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2014.184
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

Morgan Garwood, New York; bequeathed to MFAH, 2014.