Exhibition | Ben Nixon: Native State

Jul 9, 2014 — Sep 7, 2014

Using the 19th-century wet-plate collodion process, artist Ben Nixon creates landscape photographs of exceptional beauty. By focusing his lens on unfamiliar terrain, he invites viewers into a mysterious, dreamlike world. Nixon is an expert technician in the collodion process, and when shooting in the field he relies on his car as his darkroom, where he develops the glass-plate negatives on site.

A native of Spartanburg, Nixon attended Sierra Nevada College in the Lake Tahoe region and studied photography at Rockport College (now Maine Media College). Following his studies, Nixon relocated to California, where he worked for more than five years assisting photographer Jack Welpott. Nixon has also assisted Arno Rafael Minkkinen and printed for Arthur Tress, William Heick, and Art Rogers. 

Nixon's work can be found in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Bolinas Museum, and many private collections.

Join the artist for a gallery talk on Sunday, July 13.