Taken between 2008 and 2013 in New York, Lisbon, Paris, Berlin and in the French and Portuguese countryside, and shot on 35mm, these photographs by Paulo Nozolino (born 1955) depict a world in a state of perpetual decay.
Makulator is an atmospheric and sincere response to the death of Nozolino's parents. Using simple but powerful symbolism, the photographs lead us on a dark journey through Nozolino's relationship to his parents' passing. Smashed and decrepit, burning and ripped, the subjects swell with nuance, providing an insight into Nozolino's outlook on the destructive yet poetic nature of death. Paulo Nozolino was born in Lisbon in 1955, and lived in London and Paris before settling again in Portugal. He has published numerous books, many of his photographs of travels in Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. The best known of these are Penumbra (1996), including images made in Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt and Mauritania, and Far Cry (2005).
The mood of Portuguese photographer Paulo Nozolino's latest series is poetically introduced in this volume: "A man stands in the middle of destruction, feeling lonely to an unbelievable point, bone lonely." Nozolino has traveled widely throughout North and South America, Europe, Macau and the Arab world to capture the images in his numerous, well-received photobooks.
Published by Steidl/Museo Serralves. Essays by Rui Nunes and Ulrich Loock.
Paulo Nozolino makes only black-and-white photographs, infused with darkness, of spaces that allow only hazy incursions of light. Their locations range over the world, but are often unspecified: airports, alleyways, soaring stone buildings. They depict a modern condition of alienation that is universal, though one of his most wrenching series, however, covers the very specifically located horrors of Auschwitz. This publication assembles for the first time photographs from Nozolino's different projects over the years, from Bosnia and the Arab world to South America and Mauritania. Well-known in the world of European photography, Nozolino chronicles thematic, temporal and pictorial frontiers, ones between light and dark, good and evil, alienation and hope.