Nicola McClean was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1972. She is a Fine Art Photographer who developed a love for the camera at the tender age of 12, when her beloved Grandmother, Eileen, gifted her an old ‘Brownie’ camera. A deep rooted love for Photography was born.
Nicola went on to study Fine Art Photography at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design. She was then accepted and continued her studies at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Ghent.
Graduating in 1996, Nicola relocated to New York City, where she began her career and developed her skills as a Photojournalist. She worked as the staff photographer for The Irish Voice Newspaper and Irish America Magazine, while freelancing for several other media outlets and many high proﬁle publications.
She has travelled extensively, documenting the experiences of her journeys, in a style that is uniquely hers. She produced some beautifully compelling work, whilst with an Irish charity group, in a Romanian orphanage, in Bucharest 1991. She has also created a deeply intimate and honest series of portraits of her friends, fellow artists and neighbors, who were living in a Belgian squat in early 1996. Later that same year, Nicola travelled to Mali, West Africa, where she shot a series of portraits and landscapes, as she cycled from Bamako to Timbuktu, on the Southern edge of the Sahara Desert. On September 11, 2001, Nicola found herself in the midst of the worst attack ever perpetrated on America. She responded and captured the chaos and devastation in New York, while at the same time capturing the heroism, selﬂessness and resilience of a united people in a city and country under ﬁre.
Nicola has exhibited her work at The Municipal Gallery of Ljubljana, Slovenia and The Morley Gallery in London. Recent solo shows include The Royal Dublin Society, The National Museum of Ireland and The Field Museum in Chicago. She has also donated several pieces from her Ground Zero 360 collection, to the 911 Memorial Museum in New York, where they will remain on permanent display.
She splits her time between New York City and Ireland, where she works out of her studio, in her hometown of Dublin. She is married to Paul McCormack & they have four sons, Pauleymac, Mikey, James & Bobby-Dee.