About Michael Nguyen

 
Michael Nguyen has been living in Munich since 2007 and has dedicated himself entirely to art again since 2018. He is an artist, not a photographer but more a photographic poet or something he himself could not define. He moves away from the mainstream, at the same time blurs genres. Most of the time, he focuses on small, ordinary things but through the subjective lens, give them new perspectives, a new soul. Michael Nguyen’s photography is the art of showing more than you can see. Making visible – worshipping the invisible, he walks with the third eye of a wanderer through the visual adventure of life. At the Siena Creatve Photo Awards 2020 his artwork “In the darkest hours” was awarded: Commended in Category Nature & Landscape. In addition to his artistic activities, Michael Nguyen is in Editor-in-chief of the online magazine for photography and art: Tagree. www.tagree.de

 

Michael Nguyen about himself

Our head is round so that thinking can change direction – „a sentence by the writer and artist Francis Picabia, who inspired me as a young man interested in art and the art scene. Art broadened my perspectives and saved my soul. In the 1980s and 1990s I was a journalist, poet, photographer, cultural organizer and bookseller. After almost two decades, I found my way back to art in the dark times of my life in early 2018. Yes, once again art has saved my soul. Everywhere I go, my eyes and senses are in motion. With my camera I capture little things that we often don’t notice in everyday life. I like to observe people and photograph them in everyday situations.“
 
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Awards
 
26.10.2020: IPA – International Photography Awards 2020 USA / Los Angeles: Three artworks and photographs (“Antimatter”, “Stay at home”, “The day before”, and three series: “Frames”, series “In unknown worlds of the subconscious” and the series “The world and everyone we haven’t known”) have been awarded with eight Honorable Mentions.
 
08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Silver” in Fine Art/Digitally Enhanced for “Lockdown”

08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Honorable Mention” for the photojournalistic documentary series “On the Streets of Solitude” in the category “Press/Feature Story”

08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Honorable Mention” for the photojournalistic documentary series “On the Streets of Solitude” also in the category “Fine Art/Other“
 
08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Honorable Mention” Fine Art/Digitally Enhanced for “The Day Before
 
08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020:
“Honorable Mention” Fine Art/Digitally Enhanced for “The Lost Heart”
 
08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Honorable Mention” Special / Smartphone Photography for the series “By the Lake, in the Forest and in the Meadow”
 
08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Honorable Mention” Fine Art / Collage for “You never walk Alone”
 
08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Honorable Mention” in Special / Special Effects for “Corona-App”
 
08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Honorable Mention” in Fine Art/Digitally Enhanced for “Moonwalk”
 
08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Bronze” in Special / Others Special for “Antimatter”
 
08.09.2020: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020: “Honorable Mention” in Fine Art/Digitally Enhanced also for “Antimatter”
 
26.7.2020: MONOVISIONS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2020: The photograph “Corona-APP” has been granted with Honorable Mention in Category Abstract.
 
26.7.2020: MONOVISIONS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2020: The photograph “Tired Hero” has been granted with Honorable Mention in Category People
 
15.6.2020: Siena Creatve Photo Awards 2020: „In the darkest hours“ has been awarded: Commended in Category Nature & Landscape.
 
2.6.2020: MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards: „In the darkest hours“ has been awarded MIFA Bronze 2020 in Category: Nature/Trees
 
2.6.2020: MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards: The series “In unknown worlds of the subconscious” has been awarded MIFA Bronze 2020 in Category: Fine Art – Special Effects
 
2.6.2020: MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2020: Honorable Mention 2020 for “You never walk alone” in Category: Fine Art – Collage
 
2.6.2020: MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2020: Honorable Mention 2020 for “Antimatter” in Category: Fine Art – Collage
 
2.6.2020: MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2020: Honorable Mention 2020 for “Stay at Home” in Category: Fine Art – Special Effects
 
27.5.2020: IPA – International Photography Awards One Shot / Movement Photo Contest 2020: “Corona-App” has been awarded with Honorable Mention

27.5.2020: IPA – International Photography Awards One Shot / Movement Photo Contest 2020: “Antimatter” has been awarded with Honorable Mention

27.5.2020: IPA – International Photography Awards One Shot / Movement Photo Contest 2020: “An uncertain future“ has been awarded with Honorable Mention
 
27.5.2020: IPA – International Photography Awards One Shot / Movement Photo Contest 2020: “Outrun yesterday“ has been awarded with Honorable Mention
 
2019: Monovisions Awards 2019: Honorable Mention for “Man at the end of the corridor”
 
2019: Monovisions Awards 2019: Honorable Mentions for “From Darkness to Light….”
 
2019: Nominee with the series “Loneliness in the realm of light and darkness”: FAPA – Fine Art Photography Awards, category: Night Photography.
 
2019: One work was awarded at BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS 2019 Winner: Bronze: Category: Fine Art Special Effects Professional BIFA 2019 “From Darkness to Light….”
 
2019: Award Fresh19 Bronze Reportage / London. The winning entries are from the album “The World and Everyone We Haven´t Known”. This is a recognition for Michael’s work of portraying human conditions in a very human and touching way.
 
2019: Award Fresh19 / London Carbon. Category Portraiture. “There are still shadows in and around me after the war in Afghanistan, but the warming lights of loved ones on my skin give hope….”
 

 

Exhibitions

Gauting / Germany: 8.6.2021 – 25.7.2021 Exhibition “Heimat Gauting: Am Straßenrand” (print). A great number of the Gauting pictures of the series “By the roadside” will be shown in an exhibition (print)  in the bosco Bürger- und Kulturhaus, Oberer Kirchenweg 1, 82131 Gauting

Munich / Germany: 17.9.2020 – 30.1.2021 Group Exhibition (Print). My artworks „The lost heart“, „The red table“ and “The cultural historian in the museum“ have been selected for the Exhibition „Was Menschen berührt / What touches people“ organized by Paul-Klinger-Künstlersozialwerk e.V. Ort/Place: Bavarian State Ministry for Family, Labour and Social Affairs, Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Familie, Arbeit und Soziales, Winzererstr. 9, 80797 München

Athen /Greece: 18.12.20 – 20.12.20 Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My artwork “By the roadside # 67 – Wasserburg / Inn” was selected for the „Your perfect shot” Exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery

Gauting / Germany: 30.10.2020 – 19.11.2020 Group Exhibition (Print). My artwork “Corona-App” was selected for the “Frust und Freude” Exhibition organized by Kunstverein Gauting e.V., City Hall Gauting.

Montreal / Canada: 19.11.20 – 21.11.20 Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Three Eyes″ was selected for the „Photogenic” Exhibition, Gora Gallery, Montreal

Berlin / Germany: 13.11.20 – 15.11.20 Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). The photograph “By the roadside # 26 – Eichstätt″ was selected for the „Powerful Compositions” Exhibition, BBA Gallery, Berlin

Berlin / Germany: 13.11.20 – 15.11.20 Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Urban elements # 134″ was selected for the „Best of Black & White” Exhibition, BBA Gallery, Berlin

Los Angeles / USA: 13.11.20 – 15.11.20 Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Reduction 8″ was selected for the „Minimalism” Exhibition, LACP – The Los Angeles Center of Photography

Los Angeles / USA: 13.11.20 – 15.11.20 Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Lights from above” was selected for the „Our amazing planet” Exhibition, LACP – The Los Angeles Center of Photography
 
Athen /Greece: 9.10.20 – 21.10.20 Group Exhibition (Print). My artwork “On a foggy day” was selected for the „Fine Art” Exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery
 
Barcelona / Spain: 09.10.20 – 11.10.20 – Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). The photograph “Nightmarket Bangkok” was selected for the “Travel Photography“ Exhibition at Valid World Hall
 
Bucharest / Romania: 1.10.20 – 10.10.20 Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). The photograph “On the Streets of Solitude # 3″ was selected for the „Storytelling Images” Exhibition, International Festival of Photography, Bucharest Photofest
 
Washington DC / USA: 01.10.20 – 03.10.20 – Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Urban elements # 83″ was selected for the “Mostly Black“ Exhibition, The Fridge Gallery
 
Paris / France: 17.9.20 – 19.9.20 – Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Gravitation” was selected for the “People & Places“ Exhibition, Studio Gallery B&B
 
Paris / France: 17.9.20 – 19.9.20 – Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Homeland” was selected for the “Nature Photography“ Exhibition, Studio Gallery B&B
 
Sofia / Bulgaria: 10.9.20 – 12.9.20 – Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Platform projected” was selected for the “Art of Black & White“ Exhibition, Photosynthesis Gallery, Sofia
 
Hanoi / Vietnam: 10.9.20 – 15.9.20 – Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Three eyes” was selected for the “Memorable Portraits“ Exhibition, Matca Pictures Gallery, Hanoi
 
Milan / Italy: 10.9.20 – 13.9.20 – Group Exhibition (digitally showcased).My artwork “Platform projected” was selected for the “Art of Black and White“ Exhibition, MIA Photo Fair
 
Vienna / Austria: 03.9.20 – 05.9.20 – Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “End of the world” was selected for the “Street Photography“ Exhibition, Hinterland Gallery Vienna
 
Budapest / Hungary: 21.8.20 – 23.8.20 Group Exhibition (digitally showcased). My artwork „Antimatter” was selected for the “Art of Photography” Exhibition, PH 21 Photography Gallery
 
London / UK: 18.8.20 – 24.8.20 Group Exhibition (digitally showcased). My photograph „Still closed” was selected for the „Art of Black & White” Exhibition, Brick Lane Gallery, London
 
Barcelona / Spain: 13.8.20 – 15.8.20 Group Exhibition (digitally showcased). My artwork „The day before” was selected for the “My Favorite Shot” Exhibition, Valid World Hall, Barcelona
 
Vancouver / Canada: 7.8.20 – 9.8.20 Group Exhibition (digitally showcased). My artwork „In the darkest hours” was selected for the “My Exhibition Shot” Exhibition, The Space Art Gallery, Vancouver
 
Stockholm / Sweden: 23.7.20 – 26.7.20 Group Exhibition (digitally showcased). My artwork „In the darkest hours” was selected for the “Powerful Compositions” Exhibition, Kontrast Galleri, Stockholm
 
Berlin / Germany: 17.7.20 – 19.7.20 – Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Love” was selected for „Storytelling“ Exhibition, BBA Gallery, Berlin
 
Melbourne / Australia: 10.7.20 – 12.7.20 – Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “Still no answer” was selected for the”Dramatic Lighting“ Exhibition, Laurent Gallery
 
Athen / Greece: 26.6.20 – 28.6.20 Group Exhibition (Digitally showcased). My photograph “The third one” was selected for the “Nature Photography” Exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery
 
Berlin / Germany: 5.6.20 – 7.6.20 – Group Exhibition (print). My photograph “The Basin” was selected for “THE ART OF BW PHOTOGRAPHY“ Exhibition, BBA Gallery
 
Athen / Greece: 29.5.20 – 10.6.20 – Group Exhibition (print) “Streetphotography”. My photograph „One world, united freedom“ has been selected to be exhibited at Blank Wall Gallery.
 
Bobingen / Germany: 1.3.20 – 5.4.20: Group Exhibition (print) „Eine visuelle Begegnung in Bobingen”. My artwork „Munich waiting“ has been selected to be exhibited at Galerie im Unteren Schlößchen in Bobingen/Bavaria
 
Berg / Germany: 8.2.20 – 22.5.20 Group Exhibition (print) “Repressed Secrets” – Seven of my artworks , Haleh Gallery
 
Krailling / Germany: 1.12.2019 – 29.2.20 Single Exhibition (print) “Frames” – 36 artworks, Atelierhaus Krailling
 
Krailling / Germany: 3.11.19 – 29.11.19 Single Exhibition (print) “Mit dem dritten Auge eines Wanderers durch das visuelle Abenteuer des Lebens” – 72 artworks, Atelierhaus Krailling
 
Tartu / Estonia: 23.9.19 – 21.10.19 Single Exhibition (print) “THE WORLD AND EVERYONE WE HAVEN’T KNOWN (IN THIS LIFE)” – 26 photographs, Cafe Ruunipizza
 
Berlin / Germany: 5.9.18 – 31.10.18 Group Exhibition (print) “MLF”- 15 artworks, Meyr’s Hotel
 
 
Publications / Press
 
 
19.10.2020: My photograph “By the roadside # 67 – Wasserburg / Inn” published by PhotoVogue Italy
 
19.10.2020: My photograph “Silence (75) – Gauting” published by PhotoVogue Italy
 
 
05.10.2020: “Lockdown” Photo of the Day in Digital Photo Magazine / USA – Braintree, Massachusetts
 
24.09.2020: The Münchner Merkur, Edition Starnberg reports in the print edition about the Prize for the photo “Lockdown” by Michael Nguyen, which the picture won at this year’s “PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020” (2nd prize/silver Category Fine Art/Digitally Enhanced
 
19.09.2020: The Kreisbote Starnberg/Würmtal Edition reports in the Weekend print edition about the prize for the photo “Lockdown” by Michael Nguyen, which the picture won at this year’s “PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020” and about his also awarded series “By the lake, in the forest and in the meadow” 
 
 
17.08.2020: Michael Nguyen’s works from the series „Urban elements“, “On the streets of solitude”, “Frames”, “By the lake, in the forest and in the meadow” and “The ghosts of autumn” are presented with an interview in a Special Edition of Jaamzin Creative Magazine (Singapore)
 
 
 
 
01.08.2020: Michael Nguyen is presented with his photograph „Cover Mouth & Nose“ in the book publication „Staying home together“ which will be presented at the Trieste Photo Days 17.10.-18.11.2020 
 
30.07.2020: JaamZIN Creative July 2020 issue  / Singapore editorially presents the artwork “There is  a way”  from my series „Nature is within us”
 

 


Some more words about me

Before I could consider myself lucky to work as an artist, medical nursing was my vocation. While working in the intensive care unit and the emergency room, I was confronted with great suffering and death. This certainly had an impact on my photographic work. Many of my photos, as one can see, are melancholic and sometimes a little bit dark.

 

I found my way to photography when I was a journalist for art and culture. One of my main subjects was “Greece”, and there was a lot to do with photography. Then, in close cooperation with Dr. Matthias Harder (now Director of the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin), we laid the foundation for understanding the photographs of Herbert List and Walter Hege. Afterward, I was responsible for the direction, editing, and publication of the following articles by Dr. Harder. Since then, photography has opened up a whole new world to me.

 

For some personal reasons, I withdrew from art for many years. But since 2018 I have dedicated myself completely to artistic creation again, starting with restoring the past. In 1996, due to water leakage in the basement of my house, many negatives from the years 1988 to 1996 were damaged. I spent months of 2018 on restoring them. The results were my first series for years: “Historical Umbria” (1988), “Historical Prague” (1992), “Historical Berlin – Love Parade and CSD” (1992), “Historical Paris” (1994) and “Indonesia” (2005). With those, my way back to Photography had begun.

 

There is no particular person who has a major influence on my life or my photography. But I am inspired by a wide range of things. There are many interpersonal relationships of varying complexity that I consciously perceive in my environment, that I immerse myself in and that shape my way of perceiving and thus influence my choice of motif and also the final elaboration of the picture.

 

Having said that, as afore-mentioned, death and illness always have had a great influence on my life and my artistic work and have shaped me until today. I get inspired by little things that we often don’t notice in everyday life. I like to observe people and photograph them in everyday situations. I value and appreciate this life so much.

 

I always loved the photographs by Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Dorothea Lange, André Kertész. In the year 1988 when I was often in Italy, I started making photographs. After some experiments, I decided to go with black and white photography. Life is full of colors. – Yet, many of my photos often are not in colors, just black and white, light and dark, and everything in between. I want to concentrate on the form, the lines, and the mood. Amazingly, you can convey everything with all its nuances, the streets, the cityscapes, or even people’s emotions without colors. And the grayscales gives viewers the freedom to apply their own colors on my pictures. Colors from their memory. Colors from their imagination.

 

I need a lot of time to work on my pictures. The most important tools of my work are of course the eyes and ability to perceive things. I shoot sometimes with very simple devices, like a point and shoot camera or a smartphone. Some projects are created during my travels, spontaneously and without planning, – others require a lot of preparation. I visit a certain very often, studying the surroundings and the light until I decide at which hour I take photographs at that place. I decide in which format the pictures should be published later. Then various graphic software and apps are used to create the desired. My real artistic work, especially in the color department, begins afterward. The pictures are digitally processed and go through different stages until I have reached the mood, the sound, the effect, the emotion, and the meaning I want to express. Then the photo becomes a “painting” in which I show the real world of myself with all its beauty and horror. This makes my photographic art poetic, expressive, and distinctive.

 

Covid-19 changed the world and humanity immensely. I see the future of mankind rather gloomy because we destroy the environment and focus primarily on economic profit, many people concentrate exclusively on themselves and it shows that a peaceful coexistence even times like Covid-19 is difficult to make. Certainly, this lockdown time has created a unique and strange situation and also great opportunities for artists and creators to capture the essence of the world. I have been intensively observing the behavior of people in these days, the interaction between human beings and their activities in leisure time while driving down the “lockdown”. There we can see some light in the dark.

 

I had the great fortune to have the freedom to realize most of my wishes and plans. Nowadays, due to health restrictions and a small financial budget, I cannot travel far and long and implement big projects. My biggest wish is to make a reportage about the cities, life, human conditions in the metropolises like Saigon and Hanoi. Hopefully, it will be possible someday.

 

Michael Nguyen, Photo by TTN

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