Ben Nixon grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He attended Sierra Nevada College in the Lake Tahoe region and then moved to the east coast to study photography at Rockport College (now Maine Media College).
In 2002, Nixon moved to California to assist Jack Welpott, with whom he worked for five and a half years. Nixon also assisted Arno Rafael Minkkinen on West Coast projects and printed for Arthur Tress, William Heick, Art Rogers, and others.
21st Editions published “To the Wheatlight of June: The Visions of Ben Nixon and Steven Brown,” a portfolio of ten platinum prints and nine poems in 2012. During the same year, Nixon received the Pirkle Jones Foundation Grant, and his work began to travel through South Korea in the exhibit “Tracing Light,” moving from the Datz Museum of Art to the Eugean Gallery, in Seoul.
?Nixon’s work is shown at many museums and galleries, including Oakland Museum of California, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Duncan Miller Gallery, Gallery 291, and SFO Museum. His prints are part of the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Bolinas Museum, as well as many private collections throughout the United States.