Image: Michael Nguyen working in Leipzig, Photo by Thanh Tung
About Michael Nguyen“Michael Nguyen is a photographic poet whose lens is trained on the small and ordinary, but through his subjective perspective, he transforms them into something extraordinary, imbuing them with a new soul. His photography is a masterful art form, revealing more than meets the eye and elevating the invisible to a place of worship. As a wandering visual adventurer, Michael sees the world through a third eye, capturing the essence of life in every shot.”
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
(Süddeutsche Zeitung). In his photography he focuses on architectural details and urban landscapes. In his artworks
Michael Nguyen shows a wide range of styles such as photo paintings and experimental photography.“With my architectural photography, I am on the search for the aesthetic qualities of buildings in their urban spatial effect. Above all, I am interested in the visual richness of detail in its compositional diversity and its strangeness. The most unadulterated, neutral documentation of buildings for sales and presentation purposes is not part of my work, nor is the creation of marketable references for architectural firms. Nor are they photographs that depict a building in its ideal state to increase the market value of the building in question. With my very own passion for buildings, I strive, as an artistic architectural photographer, to interpret reality and give a new soul to the appearance of buildings through love, enthusiasm, and desire. In doing so, I deliberately interpret what I photograph subjectively and situationally, having walked around a building over and over again in different weather and lighting situations. For a series about a building I usually spend several hours on location and at the computer.“
- Michael Nguyen
Some of Michael Nguyen's photographs can be classified as hyperrealism. He creates illusions with the aim of highlighting the architectural reality that surrounds us. His work goes beyond photorealism in that Nguyen uses intensification of color, contrast, and sharpness to highlight architectural details that we often fail to notice in our everyday lives for various reasons. He thus creates more intense representations of what is perceptible to the naked eye.
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, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Croatia, Luxembourg, Austria, and elsewhere, to discover what the random walk leads us to. “By the Roadside" consists several parts which are shown in the Portfolio section in the menufolder Portfolios
. In addition to these parts, some portfolios are presented in the Features
Section that have a special focus.
Licenses for editorial & commercial use via Visura Agency
Prints are available on Saatchi ArtHe is co-founder of the online photography and art magazine: Tagree and was its editor-in-chief for many years.
Membership VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
All images © Michael Nguyen
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