Image: Michael Nguyen working in Leipzig, Photo by Thanh Tung





About Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen is a “publicity shy” (Merkur daily newspaper Munich) photo artist, a photographic poet who moves away from the mainstream, at the same time blurs genres.

"Most of the photos could only be taken because Nguyen has a special eye for his surroundings and gives even the mundane a second view." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

In addition to his photo art, photography and his artistic activities, Michael Nguyen is Editor-in-chief of the online magazine for photography and art: Tagree

Michael Nguyen is member of FREELENS - Professional Association of Photojournalists.

Represented by Visura Visual Agency
Licenses for most of the images and series from Michael Nguyen’s series "By the roadside" are exclusively available for editorial use to purchase via VISURA. Discover


All images © Michael Nguyen / VG BildKunst, Bonn


Equipment:
Sony Alpha 7R III
Sonnar T* FE 55 mm F1,8 ZA
Sony FE4/24-105 G OSS
Tamron 17-28mm Di III RXD


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​​​​ Michael Nguyen , working in Munich for his series...
​​​​Michael Nguyen, working in Munich for his series “By the roadside” Photo by Thanh Tung


"With my camera, I capture little things that we often don't notice in everyday life. I also like to observe people and photograph them in everyday situations“.— Michael Nguyen

The series "By The Roadside" with its various parts is Michael Nguyen's most important field of work. Photosgraphs from Germany and neighboring countries



If we walk with our eyes open, we can see interesting, beautiful, and also ugly things along the road every day. And if we walk with not only with our eyes but also with our heart and mind open, you will discover a world that would otherwise remain closed to us. Sometimes spectacular. Sometimes ordinary but surprisingly miraculous. Michael Nguyen accompanies us on little journeys through places in Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, and elsewhere, to discover what the random walk leads us to. “By the Roadside" consists several parts which are shown in the menu Portfolios.

In architecture, the term facade refers to the outwardly visible wall surfaces of a building that communicate with the viewer and tell stories. In most of his photographs, Nguyen does not show an overall view of a building, but a look at the details and particularities. For Michael Nguyen, buildings are sculptures that show the viewer five facades, four side walls and the roof.

The art with the classical genre of architecture and its forms of expression is the focus of Michael Nguyen's series. Nguyen's photography is not architectural photography commissioned by architects or the building industry. The buildings are not photographed in their ideal state and thus do not have the function of showing appreciation of the property. Michael Nguyen's images have exclusively an artistic function.
The pictures confront us with unique views of elements. They focus on the colors and shapes in detail and leave aside the manifold abundance of the surroundings. In this way, they unfold the power of the Particular: Something familiar, but exactly like this we have not seen things before.

Without Us - The Poetry of Urban Spaces ongoing
Nguyen enters the motifs of his urban spaces with a great deal of empathy. He makes the city, urban landscapes and architecture visible. With his artistic documentary photography he refers to a reality that we all know, but interprets this reality with his with his photographic style and visual language. His deserted pictures are telling atmospheric and poetic stories of our soul.

Calmness in Sight ongoing
which features work from 2019 on and shows architectural objects, street and the little details and scenes around us taken in various cities. Many of this pictures primarily show outdoor shots of urban design at the intersection of architecture, urban planning and sociology.

Surprisingly miraculous ongoing
For the part "Surprisingly miraculous"of the series, Michael Nguyen roams through various cities in Germany, Austria and Italy in the years 2021 and 2022. Michael Nguyen's works show the view of our surroundings such as architectural objects, streets and the small details.

Small Things (1) ongoing
In the ongoing series "Small things," which features work from 2020 on Michael Nguyen shows the small things on the side of the road. We often do not notice them in our everyday stress, pass them on the way to work, while shopping, even while walking when our thoughts are preoccupied with our live.

The Special in the Incidental ongoing
Michael Nguyen is looking for encounters with the most worth seeing, the special and the unusual on the streets of various cities in Germany and some neighboring countries.

In the Realm of Reflections ongoing
In his ongoing part "In the Realm of Reflections" of the series By the Roadside, Michael Nguyen shows reflections in the mirror, on the water and on any shiny surface.

Especially in summer there are play of light to discover everywhere. For his ongoing part "Magic Play of Light", Michael Nguyen shows the power and calmness of the Light.

The Lyricism of Shadows ongoing
About his ongoing part "The Lyricism of Shadows" of By the Roadside, Michael Nguyen says: “I love shadows when they go together with light. Light and shadow are all about photography. It’s like yin and yang, disorder and order, fire and water. The interplay between those elements makes everything interesting. The light gives birth to shadow. And in shadows, we can conjure up what is there. With less information, that’s why a lot of imagination.”

The World and Everyone We Haven't Known - in this Life 
focuses primarily on people in times of Corona pandemic. Michael Nguyen’s work is portraying human conditions in a very human and touching way.

The World and Everyone We Haven't Known - in this Life (2) ongoing
In the second part (late 2021 and in 2022) Michael Nguyen shows also people on the streets, on playgrounds, on the river banks, in the train, we meet them everywhere. We don't talk to them, we just watch them doing whatever they are doing.



In addition to these parts, some portfolios are presented in the Features Section that have a special focus 

Perfection in Blue-White | An extraordinary Architectural Ensemble in Munich
The BMW ensemble is a impressive work of futuristic architecture. It includes the BMW Tower, BMW Welt, BMW Museum, BMW Group Parking Garage and the TRIAS Bridge. BMW Welt is the most visited tourist attraction in Bavaria. In October 2015, eight years after opening, BMW Welt welcomed its 20 millionth visitorl.

Allianz Arena during the Corona Pandemic
Urban spaces and urban landscapes can enrich life between buildings. Sports facilities are places where outdoor social activities are possible and provide opportunities to enhance social life in the city. During the Corona Pandemic social interaction in urban landscapes with their spaces lay fallow. This series shows the forecourt in front of Munich's Allianz Arena, the 75,021-seat soccer stadium of FC Bayern Munich, during the Corona Lockdown 2021 in Munich.

Werksviertel Munich - An exciting urban development project with ephemeral street art

The Werksviertel, a beloved alternative scene for local street artists and innovators shows a place which is going since years under modernization and was a creative ruin. Converted industrial buildings and numerous new buildings provide architectural exclamation points and a metropolitan field of tension.

World in Reflection
shows the summer pool Gauting (where Mark Spitz trained during the 1972 Munich Olympics). Nguyen dives into a fascinating world of water reflections.

The Power of Design and the contradictions between art and life
shows the colorful exterior facade of the MIRA Shopping Mall in Munich. In an impressive way, Michael Nguyen presents us with this photo series of a building as a work of art and thus points us to the power of design but also to the contradictions between art and life.
​​​​ Michael Nguyen , working in Leipzig for his series...
​​​​Michael Nguyen, working in Leipzig for his series “By the roadside” Photo by Thanh Tung

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