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Biographical details

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Patrick Nicholas (Oxford, 1952) spent a number of years after leaving school trying to find his way in the world, moving through a curious arc from army to art school.  He travelled and worked widely in North and Central America. He finally settled down to studying photography and cinema in London, graduating in 1977. His first job after University was as assistant editor for the then unknown director Ridley Scott. He was sacked after three months for running the rushes of Alien upside down; shortly afterwards he decided that the film industry was not for him nor he for it.  Footloose and fancy free again he spent a year in Cairo working for Egypt’s first advertising agency in the post soviet era before chancing upon a job that took him to Italy for a week - he has been there ever since.
He set up his own studio in Bologna as a fashion and advertising photographer in 1988. As a relief from purely commercial photography he embarked upon the series that later he was to call the Belle - a series of tableaux inspired by painting, sculpture and occasionally music and cinema, using non professional models of all ages and types. 
In 2007 he turned his back on commercial photography altogether to strike out into unknown territory by setting up his own photo gallery in the small jewel that is Orvieto, on the borders of Tuscany and Umbria. Of late he has combined more and more landscape and figure in a uniquely Tuscan vision. He still has to create an image inspired by Alien - the cause of his downfall over thirty years ago. 

Patrick divides his time between professional photography for the fashion industry, advertising and portaits as well as running training courses for photographers of all levels of competence. He is the founder Camera Etrusca (, a series of residential photography courses held in Umbria in central Italy near lake Bolsena. 


Juvenile interest in Botticelli outside the Gallery


The Association of Photographers

Patrick is a member of the prestigious Association of Photographers, London
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The Art of Make-up


Make-up constitutes an important part of any photo-shoot whether it be a straightforward portrait or one of the complex Belle pictures. Patrick has collaborated for over ten years with make-up artist Simonetta Baletti from Bologna. They met on the set of a BBC film being shot in Italy and have worked closely together ever since. She works in cinema, theatre, opera, fashion and portraiture. Visit her site Art & Make-up


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I Can Make You into a Work of Art!

Want to participate in the Belle project and possibly gain a place in the book and gallery? Or would you just like to be photographed as a work of art for private view? Please get in touch with Patrick

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