New Zealand photographer Sam Nixon takes engaging fashion and portrait images, crafting considered photographs that embody personality and complexity.
Based in New York, Nixon is inspired by the photographic style of William Eggleston, an American photographer largely credited for the rise of color photography. Like Eggleston, a Nixon photograph might include anything from a close up of a subject’s bloodied limb, to an image of a vacant chair drenched in sunlight. The interest in photography began in his youth; Nixon’s father is a photographer, and the darkroom in his childhood home meant that messing around with photo-taking and photo development was natural, however not an immediate career given. Nixon first pursued an entirely different academic degree, and it was only after assisting other photographers that he decided to make a legitimate effort to enter the industry. Nixon’s portfolio now includes editorials for the likes of Dazed Digital, i-D Magazine, Paper Mag, and a cover story for Oyster Magazine, not to mention portraits of high profile musicians and models. In light of this recent compilation of impressive credentials, Nixon’s ability to turn his hand to whatever editorial comes his way, seems to know no bounds.
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