Michael Wagener, born in Olpe/Germany in 1976, studied art and german literature at the University of Siegen/Germany (1996-2001). In 2002 Michael Wagener worked as a assistant for the commercial photographer Simon Puschmann in Hamburg. Since 2003, Michael Wagener has been working as a lecturer for digital photographie and documentary photography at the University of Siegen and Cologne. He is also working as a visual artist in Cologne. Since 2005 he has a parttime job as an Art-Teacher at a High School. In 2010, Michael Wagener received the call for a membership to the the German Photographic Association (DGPh). Since 2011 Michael Wagener works on free projects, published travel essays and is also a photographer for the french online-magazine micmag.net.