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Photographs by Ben Nixon.
21st Editions, 2012. Unpaged, 10 11x14 inch silver gelatin prints from wet-collodian plates, 16
The collection is housed in a handmade split cover magnetic closing case and display stand. It is accompanied by a book of nine poems inspired and written for these images by Steven Brown, and with an introduction by John Wood.
Much of the power of Ben Nixon's photographs comes from the fact that he is a master of the immensely complicated, difficult, rare and beautiful wet collodion process which he used to create the images in this portfolio. The plates must be perfectly polished, evenly coated and then exposed while still moist. Immediately after exposure the plate is removed from the camera and developed. The entire process is extremely time sensitive and often requires a mobile darkroom. Each silver gelatin photograph here is printed by the artist from a wet collodion glass plate negative and then tea-toned and signed.
In 2011 Ben Nixon was nominated for both the Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation as well as the Baum Award from the Baum Foundation. This year he received the Pirkle Jones Foundation Grant.
His work has been shown recently at the Oakland Museum of California: 'Bending the Light' and at the Center for Fine Art Photography: 'An Unexpected Aesthetic - The Search for New Directions and Alternative Processes.' In October Nixon will be included in the exhibition 'Tracing Light' at the Datz Museum of Art in South Korea.
Edition: 50 copies with 30 for sale
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