Paolo Morales is a photographer. He was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Virginia. He received an MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and teaches at George Mason University and The Potomac School.

"The photographs that Paolo Morales makes are all about the spaces between people and the spaces they inhabit together; he traces – but does not explain – how we relate to one another, with all the vulnerabilities and aggressiveness that this can entail. His work occupies an ambiguous position somewhere between portraiture and documentation that feels both astutely contemporary (in terms of photography as a medium) and emotionally rich."
- Darren Campion

"While aesthetically distinct, the two series ["These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell" and "Palm Lines"] illustrate the journey we navigate to find intimacy and connection in our lives. Whether with family members, friends, or lovers, the vulnerability that comes with seeking intimacy is frightening and often times impedes our ability to open up to those around us. In Morales’s work, this journey is emphasized by repetition and mirroring of gesture, deep contrasts of light and shadow, and a paradoxical physical closeness, yet mental distancing of the figures.” - Andy Johnson, Director, Gallery 102

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Hamiltonian Gallery Lecture
Washington City Paper
The Washington Post
Gallery 102 Lecture
Documentary by Ines Renique
Strange Fire Collective
Dazed Digital

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