Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1947, Nicholas Nixon graduated in American Literature in 1969. After his postgraduate studies in Photography at the New Mexico State University, he combined his classes as a photography professor at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with his work as a photographer. His interest in portraiture and photography of a social nature is embodied in famous series such as The Brown Sisters (1999-2012) or People with AIDS (1991), where the influence of major artists such as Walker Evans can be observed.
Since 1976, when he held his first individual exhibition in the New York MoMA, his work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums. Among the awards he has received are the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, granted in 1977 and 1986 respectively, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship (1976, 1980 and 1987). In 1999 the MoMA in New York published a catalog with the first twenty-five photographs from the The Brown Sisters series. Furthermore, he has also published the following books: Photographs From one year (1983), Pictures of People(1988), People with AIDS (1991), School (1998), Nicholas Nixon (2003), Nicholas Nixon: At home(2004) and Live Love Look Last (2009).
Nixon’s photographs form part of some of the most prestigious collections worldwide, such as that of the MoMA in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge (USA) and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.