Born January 1st 1987, Yogan Müller is a landscape scholar and photographer.
In november 2018 he was awarded a practice-based PhD in landscape photography and epistemology from the ENSAV La Cambre and the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He shows how photography was tied to statistics, railroads and thermodynamics and how, in the second half of the nineteenth century, the medium was instrumental in setting up a framework of a quantitative nature, especially in the American West.
Iceland is where he has been doing most of his field work lately. Rehearsing the nature/culture divide, the landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula served as a proving grounds for his practice-based doctoral thesis. There, he used the very medium that attracts growing flocks of visitors on the island in order to epitomize the closing epistemological gap between nature and culture at the dawn of the Anthropocene.
His long-standing interest in and understanding of our changing landscape translates into his photography and in a series of personal commitments.
Awards, accolades, workshops
2017: Alice et David van Buuren fund, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
2011: Special prize, Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute, Bordeaux, France.
2011: FotoDoks photography festival workshop under the patronage of Thomas Dzorwak (Magnum Photos), October 12th-October 16th, Munich, Germany.
2009: Masterclass workshop under the patronage of Stuart Franklin (Magnum Photos), Noorderlicht photography festival, Groningen, The Netherlands.
2009: City of Bordeaux Cultural Fellowship, France.
2008: Magnum Photos masterclass workshop, University of Brighton, United Kingdom.
2007: French student photographer of the year, 3rd prize, Paris, France.
2018: Cheval noir, May and June, Brussels, Belgium.
2017: SÍM, September and October, Reykjavík, Iceland.
2016: AIRE, March, Dexia Art Center, Brussels, Belgium.
2015: ISELP, November and December, Brussels, Belgium.
2013: NES, April-June, Skagaströnd, Iceland.
2012: SCRIME, December 2011 and January 2012, University of Bordeaux, France.
2011: SÍM, January-April, Reykjavík, Iceland.