Ellen Nolan is a lens-based artist, researcher and academic living in London. Nolan’s practice explores hidden feminine histories, experience and representation. Her current work uses innovative archival practice, re-enactment and performance photography and film to consider historical and cultural change, aligning 1930’s Hollywood archival evidence and hidden history, with now. Nolan is a senior lecturer in photography at Ravensbourne University, London. And a PhD researcher at University of Westminster and member of the CREAM research group.

Nolan established extensive fashion and commercial experience as a photographer and filmmaker for British Vogue, The Face, Purple and i-D Magazines including shooting films and campaigns for Dries Van Noten, Veronique Branqhinho, Nike and Levis and directing music videos for Heavenly, Virgin, Sony and EMI and a short film for Channel 4. Nolan holds a BA (Hons) degree in Photography (Nottingham Trent University), MFA (Goldsmiths, London), and PGCert in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication and HE Fellowship (UAL).

Nolan has exhibited selected works in, The Photographers Gallery (London), Four Corners Gallery (London), The Arles Photography Festival (France), MoMu (Fashion Museum Antwerp), Florence Biennale (Fashion/Cinema) (Italy), GRIMMUSEUM (Berlin), The Houses of Parliament (#209 Women) (London), ICA (London), Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool) and The National Portrait Gallery (London), where five of her works are held in their collection. Nolan has given academic papers on the Nita Harvey Archive at, The Courtauld Institute (London), The Institute of Art History (Zageb), Chelsea College of Art & Design and London College of Communication.