• Nicholas Albrecht


One, No One and One Hundred Thousand

After living in a motorhome in the Salton Sea, Nicholas Albrecht questions the notion of being an insider through this intimate journey of discovery. Deserts are strange spaces in Western culture; we don’t really know how to be in them. There was the biblical version of the desert, the desert as a metaphor for isolation, asceticism, temptation, and death. In an attempt to document the experience of living in the Salton Sea, Albrecht breaks down these conventions to narrate his story. The photographs become symbolic representations of the people and the place. The truth is both vague and concrete as thoughts transform into reality. Similarly to how dreams are constructed, One, No One and One Hundred Thousand is a chaotic representation of life, identifying with one and its opposite.

Paesi Vesuviani

In this body work Nicholas Albrecht returns to his home town of Naples, Italy in order to create an archive of the town surrounding the Vesuvius. The Paesi Vesuviani are a series of towns at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. When the volcano erupted in AD 79, destroying Pompeii, Herculaneum, and a few others, it is said that over 1,000 people died from the explosion. Today an estimated 3,000,000 live within the area that would be affected by another violent eruption. This body of work serves a collection of images of what life is like in these areas.

American Coyote

The coyote is one of few species that can quickly adapt to a multitude of different environments. Along with humans, they have thrived during the Anthropocene. Constantly pushing the boundaries of what lands can and cannot be inhabited, coyotes dwell in areas that blur the distinction between wild and urban. In American Coyote Nicholas Albrecht explores the landscape in search of places where humans - like coyotes - once settled but appear now to have moved on, places that linger on the fringe between the urban and wild environment. Given the reality of environmental precarity, the need to reevaluate where we settle has become a constant factor in the lives of many.


Nicholas Albrecht was born in Naples in 1982. His involvement with the arts began while studying fashion in Milan. Upon graduation he started working as an Art Director for three venues in Naples and Rome. During his years as an Art Director in Italy, Nicholas had the chance to work with students and professors from the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. His close relationship with Ludovica Rambelli and her continuous theatrical research inspired him to research more of his own interests. He started using photography as a research tool, which ultimately pushed him to continue his studies and relocated him to San Francisco (2007). There he earned an MFA in Photography and developed a close relationship with the medium. In his work, Nicholas concentrates on the connection between individual and land and, in a greater context, how that influences social relations and notions of self. In 2012, Nicholas was awarded the Our World Portfolio Review scholarship and was selected to be part of the prestigious 100 attending the Santa Fe Portfolio Review. His first monograph, One No One and One Hundred Thousand, was published by Schilt Publishing in 2014 and distributed internationally. His work has been showcased in the United States and in Europe.

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One, No One and One Hundred Thousand. Schilt Publishing. 2014


2020. ASME Cover of the Year. Travel and Adventure. The California Sunday Magazine

Exhibitions & Screenings

2015. Athens Photo Festival. The Photobook Exhibition. Benaki Museum Athens, Greece
2014. Post-Portrait. San Jose Museum of Art. San Jose, USA
2014. Der Greif-A Process. Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus. Augsburg, Germany
2013. Photo ID. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Santa Cruz, USA
2013. Forward. Rayko Photo Center. San Francisco, USA
2012 Forward. Center for Fine Art Photography. Fort Collins, USA
2012. MOHG #4. SFPhoto Booth. San Francisco, USA
2011. 7 1/2. 688 Sutter Gallery. San Francisco, USA
2011. Open Show Retrospective. Rayko Gallery. San Francisco, USA
2010. Quiet Lands. ATA Gallery. San Francisco, USA
2010. AAU Spring Show. San Francisco, USA
2008. Red Lights. Rising South. Naples, Italy
2007. Dying in Nepal. Rising Mutiny. Naples, Italy
2006. Industrial Landscape. Rising South. Naples, Italy