Real Pictures

Peggy Nolan

Book Details 
130 pages 
10 x 8 inches
$45 US; $58.99 CAN 


As her children grew up and started moving out, Nolan continued to obsessively develop her craft, earning a BFA followed by an MFA. Inspired by the work of Stephen Shore, William Eggleston and Nan Goldin, she began shooting in color in natural light, focusing on her now empty house and the mundanities of everyday life. In 2004, when her first grandchild was born, followed by the arrival of six more, Nolan started photographing her adult children and their offspring from the perspective of the family matriarch. The work, spanning twelve years, is published in Nolan’s first monograph, Real Pictures 


Peggy Nolan is a woman with a keen sense of adventure, a passionate love of life, and endless energy. She discovered photography fairly late in life and has been inseparable from her cameras ever since. Seeing photographs all around her, she photographed her seven children as they grew up, and later as adult children with their offspring. Nolan lives in Hollywood, Florida. Her work has been shown in museums that include the Museum of Modern Art (“Picturing Modernity”), Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, and more. Her work can be found in the collections of SF MOMA, Norton Museum of Art and Martin Z. Margulies in Florida.

Bonnie Clearwater is an American writer and art historian. She is the director and chief curator of the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.
Contributor Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Suzanne Opton is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her soldier portraits, icons of the aftermath of the current wars, have been presented as billboards in eight American cities, and have sparked a passionate debate about issues of art and soldiering.