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Michael Nguyen

Without us
Location: Munich
Nationality: German
Biography: Most of the time, Michael Nguyen focuses on small, ordinary things but through the subjective lens, he give them new perspectives, a new soul. “With my camera I capture little things that we often don't notice in everyday life. I also... read on
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Without us
Copyright Michael Nguyen 2022
Updated Jan 2022
For his ongoing series „Without us“ Michael Nguyen roamed various cities in Germany, Italy and Austria during the Corona pandemic. A focus of his works since COVID-19 are urban landscapes as well as urban spaces in different cities. Urban spaces can all enrich a life between buildings. Sports facilities, parking lots, bus stops, children's playgrounds, sidewalks, bike racks, shopping mall forecourts, and more are all places where necessary, voluntary, and social outdoor activities are possible and offer the opportunity to grow social life in the city.

Without us

Since Covid-19, social interaction in the Urban landscapes with their spaces has lain fallow. Michael Nguyen conveys this sensitively in his mostly "deserted pictures“. Nguyen enters the motifs of his urban landscapes with a great deal of empathy. He makes the city, urban landscapes and architecture visible and documents them for posterity. With his photography he refers to a reality that we all know, but interprets this reality with his images.

The other focus of this part of the series is the view of our surroundings such as architectural objects, street and the little details. 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.

Calmness in Sight
Artistic photography today moves quite differently than it did a few decades ago as a visual force and communicative intervention. This is amid an overflowing stream of images whose production, administration, and dissemination have long since run out of control of conscientious management. After film, television, computers, it is above all the smartphone that has catapulted us into a new visual age. Often, the challenge is to give the eyes an occasion to linger between their unsteady jumps from image to image. Michael Nguyen succeeds excellently in creating such an occasion with his photographs by creating clarity of vision and a challenge of interpretation through reduction and focus.

Without us
Apartments. Office buildings. Playgrounds. Parks. Parking lots. They are built by us, made by us. They host us, watch over us, support us. They are where we meet, play, work and live. They are our partners in crime sometimes. But what if we are not there? How do they look like? How do they feel? Do they miss us? Do they know that we, humans, are so mortal, so fragile? That someday we're gone. This time temporarily maybe. Another time could be forever. So are they, someday. They're just some places in this world. Do we forget them in new places? Or do they still occupy someplace in our hearts and minds?

Thanh Tùng

Infos about the series "By the Roadside"

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The World and Everyone We Haven't Known (in This Life)

By Michael Nguyen / Germany, Austria, Italy — In Part 2 of the ongoing series „The World and Everyone we haven’t know (in this..

The Power of Design and the contradictions between art and life

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Yawning Emptiness

By Michael Nguyen / Munich — In front of the Munich Allianz Arena, soccer stadium of FC Bayern Munich with 75,021 seats during the..

World in reflection

By Michael Nguyen / Munich, Gauting — In 2022 Munich celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. This is the occasion..
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