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About Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas Wilson is an award winning photographer who has been living on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California since 1970. His original fine-art scenic photography has been exhibited in prestigious Mendocino art galleries, including several one-man shows in Bill Zacha's Bay Window Gallery, and also the Highlight Gallery. He began showing at the Mendocino Coast Photographers Guild and Gallery in Fort Bragg, California, in 2011. 

In December 2011, Nicholas will celebrate 40 years as an independent photographer with a career retrospective photo exhibit at Odd Fellows Hall in Mendocino, California.

His photojournalism, documentary and scenic work has been published in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Times of London, Germany's Stern magazine and Spiegel Online, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oceans, Fine Woodworking, Fretboard Journal and many other magazines and newspapers.

Nicholas is a self-taught photographer inspired by the great natural beauty of the Mendocino Coast and the work of pioneer scenic and documentary photographers including Carleton E. Watkins and Martin M. Hazeltine, both of whom photographed the Mendocino area in the 1860s. After selling a photo for commercial use from his very first roll of black and white film in December 1971, Nicholas took the hint and started a career in photography

From the start his photos were widely published in local magazines and newspapers, and soon gained a wider audience. In the early 1970s he also self-published his work as postcards, greeting cards and posters. In 2006 he published his first photo book, Mendocino In The Seventies, selling out a limited first edition printing within a week of receiving the books from the printer. The book is available from local bookstores including Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino, Cheshire Books in Fort Bragg, Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah, and Four-Eyed Frog Books in Gualala. It can also be ordered through www.nwilsonphoto.com/book.htm 

In the mid-seventies, Nicholas was a documentary photographer aboard two ocean voyages aimed at ending commercial whaling by Japan and the Soviet Union. The first voyage was in 1976 with the Mendocino Whale War aboard the Canadian vessel Phyllis Cormack. The following year he was with Greenpeace Foundation aboard the Ohana Kai on a voyage out of Honolulu that confronted a large Russian whaling fleet in the North Central Pacific. (See the Mendocino Whale War photo album elsewhere on this site.) Nicholas continues to support efforts for environmental and social justice.

Early in his career Nicholas added wedding photography to his scenic, documentary, photojournalism and commercial photo work. In recent years, wedding and special event photography have become an important part of his photo business. He regularly contributes services to musical, arts and cultural non-profits including the Mendocino Music Festival, Mendocino Film Festival and the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival.

In 1995, Nicholas became a regular contributor of photos and articles to one of the earliest Internet newspapers, the Albion Monitor, based in neighboring Sonoma County. The Monitor published from 1995 to 2009, gaining a nationwide paid readership. Although no longer updated, all of the Monitor's content is archived online at www.albionmonitor.com where it is freely available.

Nicholas grew up in Brownsville, Texas, and holds an MA degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed the course work for the PhD. His interests include art, music, history, politics, justice, science and technology.

Nicholas and his wife live in a wooded area near Mendocino, California.

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