Michael Nguyen

Photographer | Artist
  
The Swimming Pool where Mark Spitz trained for the 1972 Olympics in Munich - World in Reflection
Location: Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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... MORE
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The Swimming Pool where Mark Spitz trained for the 1972 Olympics in Munich - World in Reflection
Copyright Michael Nguyen 2022
Date of Work Nov 2021 - Nov 2020
Updated Jan 2022
Topics Art, Culture stories, Documentary, Editorial, Essays, Feature, Journalism, Photography, Reflections, Sports, Swimming, Water
In 2022 Munich celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. This is the occasion to present the Gauting outdoor swimming pool which was reserved exclusively for the Olympic athletes in August 1972. Mark Spitz, the shark, prepared in this pool for his 7 gold medals and world records.

„I really love the series of swimming pool pictures one after the other“
Maggie Steber


Michael Nguyen had the opportunity to photograph in the winter of 2020 before the first snowfall in the summer pool Gauting. He entered a fascinating world of water reflections. 2020 has been a turbulent year. But also a quiet year for some. Like swimming pools, which in Summer usually are heavily frequented otherwise. But it's also a chance for them to be calm finally.

Their water is more clear, more peaceful. In turn, they give trees, birds, houses, and us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stop and reflect. To see the world both at its most chaotic and most serene. And to see ourselves: World in Reflection - Surprisingly wondrous and spectacular is Michael Nguyens view of reflections in the water of the summer pool.


The caption texts documents the story about the history of the Gauting Outdoor Pool and is written by Regine Hilpert-Greger. She is an archivist of the municipality of Gauting.
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