Born in SW France January 1, 1987.
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. 

Yogan Müller is a photographer, first-generation graduate, and educator whose work engages with the ecological crisis and its impact on landscapes and communities. Yogan works with photography, photogrammetry, drones, the book form, and artificial intelligence to respond to the Anthropocene/Capitalocene. Research, critical approaches to landscape, fieldwork, and design are central to his process. After the unexpected losses of his father in February 2022 and his step-father in June of that same year–both were born and grew up in Algeria, métisse identity, belonging, and fractured roots are themes that came to the fore.

In October 2019, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the Counterforce Lab, a group of ecologically-minded artists and designers led by Rebeca Méndez at the UCLA Design Media Arts (DMA) Department. He started teaching at DMA in January 2020. Occasionally, Yogan has worked as a studio assistant for fine art photographer Mona Kuhn, and designer Rebeca Méndez in Los Angeles.

In November 2018, he graduated with a practice-based PhD in Photography from ENSAV La Cambre and Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He explored how photography made us enter the picture of the Anthropocene and conducted fieldwork in SW Iceland.

Yogan has taught at the University of Bordeaux in France (2009-2010), UCLA Design Media Arts (2020–2024), and will teach at the Penumbra Foundation (fall ’24 and winter ’25)

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2024–present: Long-Term Photobook Program, Penumbra Foundation, New York, United States.
2018: Practice-based PhD in Photography, ENSAV La Cambre and Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.
2010: MA Moving Image (rank: 2), University of Bordeaux, France.
2008: BA Moving Image, University of Bordeaux, France.
2007: B.Sc. Math, University of Bordeaux, France.

Selected exhibitions
2024: Static Fire, Marshall Gallery (group crit), Los Angeles, CA.
2023: Nuits de la Photo, Halle de la Villette (group show), Paris, France.
2023: Voies OFF festival, Arles, France.
2023: The Biophilia Treehouse, UCLA Broad Art Center (group show), Los Angeles, USA.
2023: Brewery Art Walk, Ryan McIntosh studio (two-person with Ryan McInstosh), Los Angeles.
2023: Photo Forward LA, Danziger Gallery (two-person with Ryan McIntosh), Santa Monica, USA.
2022: Art in the time of Corona vol.2, DabArt Gallery (group show), Los Angeles, USA.
2022: Obscura x NFT Art Venice Biennale, SuperChief Gallery (group show), European Cultural Center, Venice, Italy.
2022: NFT NYC 22, Superchief Gallery (group show), New York, USA.
2022: Photo Rotterdam 2022, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
2022: Two Years After the Storm, The Hot Shot Muffler (group show and NFT drop), Los Angeles, USA.
2022: Parisian Ecologies, Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College (solo show), Claremont, California.
2021: Art in The Time of Corona vol. 1, Dabart Gallery (online group show),Los Angeles, USA.
2020: Phenomenology of Hope, online group show. 
2018: Practice-based thesis, Galerie Été 78 (solo show), Brussels, Belgium.
2018: A Forest, L'Iselp (group show), Brussels, Belgium.
2018: O.S.D., Cheval Noir artist residency, Brussels, Belgium.
2018: Paradis infernaux/Enfer paradisiaque, Sixth triennial of Photography and Architecture (group show), Faculté d’architecture La Cambre-Horta, Brussels, Belgium.
2017: O.S.D., SÍM Artist residency (group show), Reykjavík, Iceland.
2017: Hraun , Reykjavík Photography Museum–Skótið (solo show), Reykjavík, Iceland.
2016: O.S.D., AIRE artist residency, Brussels, Belgium.
2015: Hraun, L'Iselp (solo show), Brussels, Belgium.
2015: O.S.D., L’Iselp artist residency (solo show), Brussels, Belgium.
2015: The Cloud of Unknowing, ENSAV La Cambre (group show), Brussels, Belgium.
2014: La chaleur de l'usure, De Martken (group show), Brussels, Belgium.
2014: Sérendipité, Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts (group show), Brussels, Belgium.
2013: O.S.D., NES artist residency (group show), Skagaströnd, Iceland.
2012: Projective spaces, Forum des Arts de Talence (solo show), Semaine du son 2012, France. 
2012: O.S.D., Scrime artist residency (solo show), Bordeaux, France.
2011: La part des anges, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez (group show with Charlotte Villard), Château Pape-Clément, Bordeaux, France.
2011: O.S.D., SÍM artist residency (group show), Reykjavík, Iceland. 
2010: Multiple Bordeaux, city-wide solo show in mobile displays, Bordeaux, France.

Awards and grants
2024: Penumbra Foundation Long Term Program scholarship, New York, NY, USA.
2022: ‘Two Years After the Storm,’ Obscura DAO Community Commission with the patronage of Jim Goldberg (Magnum Photos), USA/Metaverse.
2021: “Who We Are” grant, Obscura DAO, USA/Metaverse.
2019: Bourse du talent #80, finalist, Paris, France.
2011: Special prize, Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute, Bordeaux, France.
2009: City of Bordeaux Cultural Fund, Bordeaux, France.
2007: French student photographer of the year, 3rd prize, Paris, France.

2024: Desma 173, Special Topics in Visual Communication and Image, “Drones and LA Water Narratives,” TA: Karine Fleurima; Guest lecturers: AnMarie Ramona-Mendoza (UCLA Luskin), Bonny Bentzin (UCLA Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer), Debra Scacco (Artist); winter quarter, UCLA DMA.
2023: Desma 160, Special Topics, “Photography, Exponential” (AI and the photographic image), TA: Hyun Cho; Guest lecturers: Ahmed Elgammal (Rutgers University), Margaret Murphy, Minne Atairy (Barnard); fall quarter, UCLA DMA.
2023: Desma 404, Visiting MFA tutorials, spring quarter, D|MA Dept., UCLA.
2023: Desma 173, Special Topics in Visual Communication and Image: Drones + Photogrammetry, winter quarter, UCLA DMA.
2022: Desma 195B, Community or Corporate Internships, Mentor, fall quarter, UCLA DMA.
2022: Desma 160, Special Topics, “Photography and Ecology,” fall quarter, TA: Doyeon Kim; Guest lecturer: Alejandro Cartagena, UCLA DMA.
2022: Desma 199, Independent Directed Research, Mentor, UCLA DMA.
2022: Desma 154, Word and Image, “Care!,” spring quarter, TA: Alvaro Azcárraga, UCLA DMA.
2022: Desma 404, Visiting MFA tutorials, spring quarter, UCLA DMA.
2021: Desma 99, Independent Directed Research, Mentor, fall quarter, UCLA DMA.
2021: Desma 160, Special Topics, “Photography and Ecology”, fall quarter, TA: Don Edler, Guest lecturer: Karen Hellman (Getty Museum); UCLA DMA.
2021: Desma 404, Visiting MFA tutorials, spring quarter, UCLA DMA.
2021: Desma 404, Visiting MFA tutorials, winter quarter, UCLA DMA.
2021: Desma 160, Special Topics, "Photography and Ecology", Winter quarter, TA: Alvaro Azcárraga; Guest lecturers: Marie-José Jongerius, Mark Ruwedel, Rebeca Méndez; UCLA DMA.
2020: Desma 160, Special Topics, "Anthropocene and Digitization", Fall quarter, TA: Alvaro Azcárraga; Guest lecturers: Jean-François Blanchette (UCLA IS), Johanna Drucker (UCLA DMA & IS Departments), Yvonne Lee (LACMA), Sharon Mustri (BloombergNEF), David Nuñez (MIT Museum), UCLA DMA.
2020: Desma 154, Word and Image, "For Good Measure", Spring quarter, co-taught with Pr. Dr. Rebeca Méndez, TA: Zeynep Abes, UCLA DMA.
2020: Desma 404, Visiting MFA tutorial, Winter quarter, UCLA DMA.
2020: Desma 173, Special Topics in Visual Communication and Image, "Landscape Photography and Energy", TA: Erin Cooney, UCLA DMA.

Academic honors and grants
2024: UCLA Unit-18 Professional Development Award, Los Angeles, USA.
2023: UCLA Green Initiative Fund, with the Counterforce Lab, Los Angeles, USA.
2022: UCLA Green Initiative Fund, with the Counterforce Lab, Los Angeles, USA.
2021: UCLA Institute for Digital Research & Education, Workshop and Seminar Grant, Los Angeles, USA.
2021: UCLA Transdisciplinary Acceleration Grant, with the Counterforce and Pamela Yeh labs, Los Angeles, USA.
2020: UCLA Green Initiative Fund, with Counterforce Lab, UCLA, USA.
2017: Alice et David van Buuren fund, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
2010: FSDIE fund (’Fonds de Soutien aux Initiatives Etudiantes,’ i.e., Student Initiative Fund), University of Bordeaux, France.

2011: Magnum Photos workshop,  FotoDoks festival, October 12-16, Munich, Germany.
2009: Magnum Photos Masterclass workshop, Noorderlicht photography festival, September 2-6, Gröningen, The Netherlands.
2008: Magnum Photos masterclass workshop, October 8-12, University of Brighton, UK.

2023: Telotypes, self-published, Los Angeles, USA.
2023: Tracy Hills, self-published with Ryan McIntosh, Los Angeles, USA.
2022: Who We Are, Setanta Books, London, UK.
2018: Paysage : de démarche en (dé)construction photographique, self-published practice-based PhD thesis, Brussels, Belgium.

Press & publications
2024: UCLA SOAA Spring 2024 Faculty Spotlight. Online: https://arts.ucla.edu/single/faculty-spotlight-spring-2024/
2023: “This week on Cargo no. 293,” Newsletter. Online: https://blog.cargo.site/293
2022: “Obscura Season 1 Retrospective,” online: https://mirror.xyz/obscuradao.eth/SnQNwAiEoKK75KgzTA2u7zxLApt18qXnJYNJlNCbS8Y
2022: “Parisian Ecologies Symposium,” online: https://www.pomona.edu/museum/events/2022/04/parisian-ecologies-symposium
2020: Ashley Lifton, “With online instruction, DESMA classes foster collaboration and creativity”, The Daily Bruin, read online.
2020: Pando Populus feature, online: https://pandopopulus.com/blog/arcadia-and-the-western-imagination/
2020: “Topography of a Spirit”, Interview with Mona Kuhn, L’Œil de la photographie, read online.
2015: Danielle Leenaerts, “Ce que la recherche fait à l’art”, L’Art Même (Belgium), no. 67, page 41, read online.

Artist residencies
2018: Cheval noir, Brussels, Belgium.
2017: SÍM, Reykjavík, Iceland.
2016: AIRE, Dexia Art Center, Brussels, Belgium.
2015: ISELP, Brussels, Belgium.
2013: NES, Skagaströnd, Iceland.
2012: SCRIME, University of Bordeaux, France.
2011: SÍM, Reykjavík, Iceland.

2009: Magnum Photos, February-March, London, UK.
2006: Agence France Presse, Paris, France.
2006: Agence France Press, Bordeaux, France.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF), Paris, France.
Galerie Été 78, Brussels, Belgium.
Obscura Museum (Metaverse).

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