Well-known in the world of European photography, Paulo Nozolino was born in Lisbon in 1955. In the seventies, he lived in London, in the eighties and nineties in Paris, and recently he moved back to Portugal. He traveled extensively in Europe, the Arab world, North and South America, and Macao, and published his photographs in numerous books, the most well-known being Penumbra (1996), a collection of pictures taken in countries including Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, and Mauritania.
Loaded Shine is Nozolino’s fourth book published by Steidl, following Far Cry (2005), bone lonely (2011), and Makulator (2011). (An earlier monograph, Penumbra, was published in 1996 by Scalo.) In considering these four volumes, one does not get the sense of four different bodies of work so much as the evolution and paring down of a particular way of seeing the world, a process of looking and extracting and reducing. A process of condensation into a very specific visual expression.