Nolan Trowe is interested in exploring the mystery of what it means to be a human being, more than any other thing.
Trowe was born in Maryland in 1993 and raised in California. He is an American author whose work has focused on stories around disability. On June 21, 2016, he suffered a spinal cord injury at the L-1 level and was diagnosed with incomplete paraplegia.
In 2019, he received an M.A. in Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement from New York University, where he focused on human rights, writing, and photography. In 2015, he received a B.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach.
Trowe is a Magnum Foundation Fellow in the Photography and Social Justice program. He was a VII Photo Mentor Program photographer from 2019-2021. He has spoken about his work on NY1, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Texas. In 2019, he was awarded first prize in the Getty Images Creative Bursary.
Trowe is currently based in Long Beach, California. He teaches photography at Los Angeles City College in East Hollywood.