Nicholas Gervin

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by Nicholas Gervin

Sub-City American Cemetery

I am a documentary and fine art photographer from Portland, Maine. I have had work published in local and international magazines such as Popular Photography Magazine, Life Force Magazine, Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, Portland Phoenix, The Forecaster, Dig Portland, Dispatch Magazine, as well as being reviewed by The Huffington Post. I first picked up a camera in 1992, at the age of eleven, when I began to explore my urban surroundings, documenting graffiti art and the skateboarding subcultures with disposable cameras. I have battled alcoholism as well as several head traumas in my lifetime. I am currently nine years sober and dealing with Post-Concussion Syndrome on a daily basis. Photography has been very therapeutic for me in my ongoing recovery process.

I have guest lectured at Maine College of Art and Southern Maine Community College on the topic of making candid photographs and I have also participated in many group exhibitions, most recently being "America Now" curated by Bruce Brown at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine and the Lewis Gallery. 

On June 2nd, 2017 I had my first solo exhibition hosted at the Carver Hill Gallery located in Rockland, Maine. The exhibit went remarkably well with the sale of five limited edition, archival prints purchased by several private collectors.

     On November 3rd 2017 I self-published my first monograph, The Lines Don't Lie. A 190 page hand-bound, hardcover book with a limited run of 300 editions. The project was three years in the making and documents the contemporary freight-train graffiti-art culture of New England. The book practically sold out within the first month of its launch to such places as the United States, Canada and the UK and I am currently working on releasing the book in paperback editions.

     I am continuing to work on several long term projects in 2018, including the publication of a quarterly zine titled Machigonne that showcases some of my 60,000 photographs made in the greater Portland, Maine area over the last 7 years. (That's the equivalent of twenty-four exposures every day for those seven years.)