Paris 1994 by Michael Nguyen
"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."
In winter 1994, Michael Nguyen took a trip to Paris with a friend, which was an old Nikon. Paris, as we all know, is constantly full of tourist, full of life. But at that time, he did not portray Paris as the city always is but as how he felt it. Or exactly how he felt himself inside: deserted, lonely and melancholic.
In 1996, after a water damage in the basement of his house, many negatives of this series along with others from the years 1989 to 1996 were damaged. Michael Nguyen thought they could never be recovered. However, somehow a friend still kept them. In March 2018, he gave Michael these negative to encourage to make art again when Michael was suffering from depression. Reconstructing them, reconstructing himself. Michael spent months restoring the negatives, scanning them with a cheap digital scanner. Then he gave the Paris photos partly with a sepia tone not only to cover the damaged parts but also to give them a nostalgic feel. And now, in 2018, they are historical but still have an unlikely charm.
About Michael Nguyen
In the 1980s and 1990s, Michael Nguyen worked as journalist, poet, photographer, publisher, editor-in-chief of four special interest magazines, concert organizer, bookseller, online editor.
Michael Nguyen made a name for himself early on as a publisher of various magazines and periodicals. One of his main themes of work in the second half of the 1990s in the field of photography was "Greece". In close cooperation with Dr. Matthias Harder he created the basis for the understanding of the photographs by Herbert List and Walter Hege and was in charge of the direction, editing, and publishing of Dr.Harder’s subsequent articles. After a decade of absence from the art scene, Michael Nguyen has come back to art since the beginning of 2018 during the dark time of his life.
At his core, Michael Nguyen is 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.