Nick Sabatalo was born in St. Simons Island, Georgia and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was while studying business at The Ohio State University that he was first scouted to model and thus began his unexpected journey in the fashion industry. While based in Los Angeles, Sabatalo was photographed by Kenji Onglao, now friend, which it was that particular shoot that inspired Sabatalo to first want to pursue photography himself.
Not too long after getting his first camera and taking his first images as a photographer, Sabatalo launched 35mm Magazine, dedicated to film only images. 35mm saw three print issues and in 2019 the company was transformed into Tangible House.
In the first few years of taking photos, Sabatalo’s favorite part of photography was never the final images, but rather it was the process of shooting, working with passionate and often inspiring people to create that “something” together: something beautiful, something sad, something sensual, something powerful. It was these intimate relationships that formed through the “dance” of photographing fashion, portraiture or fine art that he loved more than anything.
It wasn’t until Sabatalo began to handprint his work in the famed London darkrooms of Rapid Eye, Chan's Photographic, and BDI that he developed a whole new appreciation for the photographs themselves and felt as though he finally developed a relationship with his images. The moments he was photographing became tangible prints from the hours spent in the darkroom trying new techniques and problem-solving to perfect a single print.
Shooting film and printing in the darkroom has completely transformed the viewpoint Sabatalo has on the world, it’s as if it has given him a new set of eyes. That piece of trash with the golden hour light crashing against her vibrant plastic colors is now something he stops to admire and snap a photo of.
Sabatalo is based in Los Angeles and travels often to New York, London, Milan, Paris.