Paulo Nozolino
Lisbon, Portugal, 1955. Lives and works between Lisbon and Paris.

Paulo Nozolino is one of the central figures of contemporary photography. His journey begins in the 70's in London where he went to live. Then Paris, from the late 80s and throughout the 90s, was his basis for a long series of travels across the Arab World, as well as Europe, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Books like Penumbra and Solo are good examples of his political concerns with a changing society. He returned to Portugal in 2002, after an anthological exhibition – Nada – at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. In 2005, Museu de Serralves, in Porto, invited him to a new anthological– Far Cry – first time ever to show work by a Portuguese photographer.

A frontal artist, Nozolino sees photography the same way he sees life, using it to understand both the world and himself and taking it to the limits of his quest, his answers and his experiences. There is no room for complacency in his work. Destruction means destruction, death means death. Constant cycles in his historical time ‘par excellence’, the Twentieth Century, and even more alive in the present moment, as is stated in his most recent works, bone lonely, Makulatur, Usura and Loaded Shine.

Public recognition accompanies the artist's work from the beginning. Awards such as the Villa Médicis (1994), in France, or the Grande Prémio Nacional de Fotografia (2006) and the Prémio Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (2013), in Portugal, are reflections of such notoriety.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)
2018
Loaded Shine, Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France.
2017
Loaded Shine, Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
Loaded Shine, PhotoEspaña, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain.
2015
Make do, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal.
2013
Bloom, Palais de Luppé, Rencontres d'Arles, France.
Gloom, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal.
2012
Usura, BES Arte & Finança, Lisbon, Portugal.
2011
Makulatur, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009
bone lonely / Far Cry, Atelier des Forges, Rencontres d’Arles, France.
bone lonely, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal.
2007
Paulo Nozolino, Galeria Visor, Valencia, Spain.
2006
Scalati, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Portugal.
2005
Far Cry, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
Group Exhibitions (selection)
2019
Trabalho Capital: Ensaio sobre gestos e fragmentos, Oliva Creative Factory, S. João da Madeira, Portugal.
2018
Intersticial: Diálogos no espaço entre acontecimentos, Núcleo de Arte da Oliva, São João da Madeira, Portugal .
Invbisible Cities, Budapest Photo Festival, Budapest Projekt Galéria, Budapest, Hungary.
Eyes Wild Open - Sur une Photographie qui Tremble, Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium.
2016
A Arquitectura dos Artistas, Atelier Museu Júlio Pomar, Lisbon, Portugal.
2015
Ostlicht Galerie, Vienna, Austria.
C/O Berlin Foundation, Germany.
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Germany.
2014
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany.
Art foyer – DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt, Germany.
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
2013
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
2011
Art foyer – DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt, Germany.
2009
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
2008
MUDAM, Luxembourg.
2007
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal.
2006
Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain.
Awards
2013
Prémio Autores 2013 - Artes Visuais, Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores, Lisbon.
2012
Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, Silver Medal, Stuttgart.
2006
Prémio Nacional de Fotografia, Portugal.
2005
Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, Stuttgart.
1998
Oskar Barnack Award, Honorable Mention, Arles.
1995
Grand Prix de la Photographie, Vevey.
1994
Villa Médicis Hors les Murs, Paris.
1989
Fondation Leica, France.
1988
Prémio Kodak, Portugal.
1984
Prémio de Fotografia, CAM, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
Collections
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.
Centre National d’Arts Plastiques, Paris.
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.
Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche, Paris.
Collection FNAC, Paris.
Centre Régional de la Photographie, Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
Musée Fenaille, Rodez.
Les Abbatoirs, Toulouse.
Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie, Bastia.
DZ Bank, Frankfurt.
MUDAM, Luxembourg.
Musée Suisse de l’Appareil Photographique, Vevey.
Caja de Ahorros El Sol, Sevilha.
Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia.
Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz.
Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona.
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto.
Centro Português de Fotografia, Porto.
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon.
Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon.
Banco Privado, Lisbon.
Fundação EDP, Lisbon.
Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisbon.
Fundação Leal Rios, Lisbon.
Colecção BESart, Lisbon.
Colecção PLMJ, Lisbon.
Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra.
Museu Carlos Relvas, Golegã.
Berlin, 2013. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Arles, 2013. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Paris, 2013. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Callac, 2010. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Vila Viçosa, 2008. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Beirã, 2012. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Lisboa, 2013. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Lan Merzer, 2012. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Lan Merzer, 2012. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Guingamp, 2011. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
berlin, 2013. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Ellis Island, 2011. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Guingamp, 2012. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Callac, 2010. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Plésidy, 2011. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Beirã, 2013. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Paris, 2011. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Lisboa, 2013. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Berlin, 2013. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Ellis Island, 2011. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm 
Exhibition view Loaded Shine, Galeria Quadrado Azul Porto. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
Exhibition view Loaded Shine, Galeria Quadrado Azul Porto. Image credits: Filipe Braga 
Obs. 7, 1988-2002. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Obs. 1, 2008. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Obs. 2, 2009. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Obs. 3, 2008-2009. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Obs. 5, 2009. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Obs. 6, 2002-2010. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Makulatur, (installation view), 2011. 6 dipthycs, silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Image credits: Teresa Santos / Pedro Tropa 
Makulatur, (installation view), 2011. 6 dipthycs, silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Image credits: Teresa Santos / Pedro Tropa 
Untitled, Blodelsheim, 1999. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Remember the Damned, the Expropriated, the Exterminated..., Bucharest, 2003 / Madrid, 2003 / Auschwitz, 1994. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Europa, 1993-2003. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Sinking Sun, Tokyo, 1996. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Salt of the Earth, 1989-2000. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Vii, Adormiti, Morti, Bucharest, 2003. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Acid Rain, Ukraine, 2008. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Volunteers, Victims, Veterans, New York, 2007. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Pandora’s Box, 2003-2004. Silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Edition of 3 
Usura, (installation view), 2012. 9 tripthycs, silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Image credits: Teresa Santos / Pedro Tropa 
Usura, (installation view), 2012. 9 tripthycs, silver gelatin prints on aluminium. 120 x 80 cm (each). Image credits: Teresa Santos / Pedro Tropa