Born in 1955 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Lives and works in Lisbon and Paris.
From 1975 to 1978 Nozolino studied at the London College of Printing, and also began a long series of journeys in Europe, the USA and Asia.
He held his first show in Arles in 1986, at the Atelier des Forges.
He lived in Paris in the 1990s. He won a Villa Médicis grant (Hors-les-Murs category) in 1994–95 and in 1996 published Penumbra (Scalo), spanning twelve years of travel in the Arab world; pictures from the book were shown in 1996 at the FNAC Montparnasse store and at the CCB venue in Lisbon.
He received the Grand Prix de la Photographie from the Municipality of Vevey, Switzerland, in 1995 for Solo, a solitary survey of Europe, from Auschwitz to Sarajevo; this exhibition also won the Oskar Barnack Award in Arles in 1998.
In 1999, he worked in Paris with Robert Frank on the film San Yu, then headed for Macao, where he conceived FIM, an exhibition (and associated book) staged at the Culturgest, Lisbon.
In 2002 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, he exhibited a collection of images entitled Nada.
He received a major retrospective exhibition in Porto at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Serralves in 2005; in the same year his book Far Cry (Steidl) received the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis in Stuttgart.
He was awarded Portugal’s National Photography Prize in 2006 for the whole of his uvre; bone lonely (Steidl, 2009) is his most recent book.