Noyan 2015–2022 is the first photo book by Zürich-based photographer Noah Noyan Wenzinger. It’s the story of a young man coming of age, carrying his handy point-and-shoot camera around with him everywhere he goes to capture all sorts of different goings-on in his very own way. The protagonists are Noyan’s close friends, keeping him company, inspiring him and growing up with him. His visual idiom is hard to categorize, for it’s an amalgam of diverse influences from the worlds of cinema, music and gaming, as well as photographers like Nan Goldin, Sandy Kim and Walter Pfeiffer, his role models.
Noyan’s work is clearly about Zürich, and yet its inside look at the world of Switzerland’s Generations Y and Z, aka millennials and zoomers, is not typically Swiss at all—whether in terms of pictorial content or form. And it’s precisely this contrast that makes the project appealing and meaningful.
Noyan 2015–2022 is a very personal selection culled from an already extensive archive, which the artist keeps at his Zürich home. It includes photographic documentation of his day-to-day life, shots of nightlife, concerts and vacations and even some music video stills. The book is rounded out by 16 drawings by Noah Stark (aka Clutterstew), who puts his idiosyncratic mark on everything he lays his hands on. The two artists are old friends with plenty of shared interests, aesthetics and stories to tell.