These photographs by Paulo Nozolino bear his usual dark symbolic syntax, and summarize with strength the photographical conceptual work the artist has carried out for more than forty years. Ever since he began his work the photographer has nurtured a singular, black and white style, a dark density now a hallmark of his work. Still using 35mm film and occasionally a flash, this tight sequence of vertical pictures shows us, once again, his everlasting concern for the state of the world and his quest for the pure, true, non-manipulated analogic image.
"I think it’s necessary, especially today, to maintain a quasi-mystical and quasi-religious character in photography: taking photos is a highly solitary practice. It’s almost of the order of a mission, at least for some of us. It’s above all not decorative, it’s not wallpaper. I want my photos to be like icons. That’s what I aspire to, that they be perceived as something you can find in a church. Something which is so simple, so pure, so noble… That’s what photography is: choosing what you want in this vast world and giving it importance, according to our code of values." in The Leica Camera blog
One of the leading figures in European photography, Nozolino began his artistic career in London’s lively atmosphere of the 1970's. Then he set out on a series of journeys across Europe and countries in the Arab World between 1983 and 1995. His journey of initiation and solitude has been retraced in Penumbra (Scalo, 1996), a work reflecting the photographer’s political concerns. In 2002, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie held a retrospective exhibition of his work.