Nicholas Nixon

"For me the print is what matters most. Generally the biggest possible negative has the most clarity, presence and believability. Because this seemed evident to me I taught myself to use the 8x10 as easily as something smaller. Even today the witness power and sensuality of Atget, Charles Marville, Stieglitz, Lewis Hine, Frederick Sommer, early Harry Callahan and early Emmet Gowin, their voluptuous, beautiful, and optical rendition of the world surpasses any other photographic description." Nicholas Nixon Nicholas Nixon, Sam and I, Lexington, 1996 Nicholas Nixon, Bebe and Clementine, 1995 Nicholas Nixon, Clementine and Sam, Cambridge, 1989 Nicholas Nixon, Sam and Clementine, Cincinnati, 1990


I'm currently reading The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy. His writing transcends the experiential into a world of thoughts that range accross the mind in an hallucinatory journey. While I freely admit that the passage below has nothing to do with my photograph, it's just that the two elements crossed paths while writing this blog. "He looked into the eyes of the boy. The boy into his. Eyes so dark they seemed all pupil. Eyes in which the sun was setting. In which the child stood beside the sun ... He had not known that you could see yourself in anothers' eyes nor see therein such things as suns." - From The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy. Mark Cator, 2005, Oscar


The birth of an idea is predicated by a passion to observe and there is no better place to observe than one's own children. The child and that of childhood will always be an adult construct and if children themselves think in abstract notions they do so naturally but as an adult I can only divest what I know to understand, abstract or otherwise, and beyond I am caught in a paradigm to reason. Mark Cator, 1992, Lara

Childhood, Utter Journal Issue 2

I've been working on the scanning, developing and collating of images for issue 2 of Utter Journal, out on July 6th, The issue will be divided into visual 'chapters', dealing with the Romantic ideal of childhood and what Anne Higonnet refers to in her excellent book, The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood, as the 'knowing child'. Mark Cator, 2005, Delousing Oscar Mark Cator, 2005, Delousing Oscar