Photographer Nicholas Nixon retired from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design ahead of an investigation into his classroom conduct.
Nixon abruptly resigned from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) earlier this month, according to a letter by college present David Nelson, who said the school “received allegations of inappropriate behavior” by the photographer. Though the letter doesn’t detail the conduct, the allegations prompted an inquiry into whether Nixon violated Title IX, a provision of federal law banning discrimination due to gender. Bruce A. Singal, Nixon’s lawyer, told the Boston Globe that the investigation was prompted by charges that the photographer made “inappropriate comments in the presence of students and staff members.” According to Singal, the investigation, which will continue after Nixon’s resignation, will focus on Nixon’s remarks inside the classroom. Nixon is best known for his series “The Brown Sisters,” a photographic odyssey in which he captured a group of siblings over the course of four decades.