Discussing his approach to picture making a few years back, Nicholas Nixon said, "I seize things when they seem wonderful." This simple, modest response seems typical of the photographer, who has been turning out soulful portraits and thoughtful social studies since the late '70s. Almost from the beginning, he became a star within the photo world, but, like so many of his talented contemporaries, he's hardly registered as more than a flickering blip on the mainstream fame radar. The Museum of Modern Art has been Nixon's champion from the start, showing an early project of Boston cityscapes in 1976 and giving him sustained support ever since, including a retrospective survey in 1988. But it's been some time since MOMA had the power to define or influence the course of contemporary photography, and Nixon's close identification with the museum's old school program hasn't exactly boosted his rep... More >>>