Nicole Wolf comes from generations of men and women who thrived off what came out of the ocean. Her father was a fisherman and scuba diver for decades and as a child Nicole loved to see what artifacts he brought home from the ocean floor. Intrigued by how weathered, yet preserved, these artifacts were, she created “Sunk” – a series of photographic portraits that eloquently resurrect past lives and forgotten voyages.
Nicole spent two years following the fisherman on the island resulting in “A Sea of Faces” – a series of documentary images that tell the tale of a community (Grand Manan) ruled by the sea – unpredictable, economically tenuous and always demanding.
Four months after the January 2010 earthquake, Nicole traveled to Haiti to assist as a medical relief worker and photographer – she used her photographs to raise awareness and funds for relief organizations, and in turn started her own foundation Up From Under. “Behind Broken Walls” , a photo essay series including short films, tells the story of three families’ lives after the disaster. Nicole lived with the refugees documenting and helping for much of 3.5 years. The funds she raised helped build 3 homes, allowed two Haitian men to attend college, and provided two micro loans as well as humanitarian aid for several others.
With an undergraduate degree in photography and art therapy and a graduate degree in photography from Columbia College, Chicago, Nicole Wolf has owned and operated Sota Dzine and currently Nicole Wolf Photography. She travels nationwide on assignment photographing celebrities, musicians, politicians, chefs and events of all kinds. When not on the road, she lives in Portland, Maine.