Michael Wolf, ‘Industrial #24’, 2015, Flowers

About Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf’s photographs document the architecture and vernacular cultures of mega-cities. Wolf’s body of work, while centering almost exclusively on urban hubs in Asia, captures a universal, rather than city-specific, reality. His “Architecture of Density” series documents building exteriors that have repetitive and symmetric windows. In these photographs, the structures appear as abstract designs, their scale skewed and true function masked. More recently, voyeurism has emerged as a central theme of Wolf’s works. His “Hong Kong Inside Out” series, for example, comprises interior photographs of Hong Kong’s oldest housing complex. The photos of the standardized, 100-square-foot apartments reveal human values and the diverse environments that can exist within rigid confines. Wolf, who studied under Otto Steinert and previously worked as a photojournalist, seeks to explore how people adapt to and connect with rapidly changing environments.

German, b. 1954, Munich, Germany, based in Hong Kong

Solo Shows

Fotomuseum The Hague, 
The Hague, Netherlands,
Michael Wolf: 'Life in Cities' (retrospective)
Fondazione Le Stelline, 
Milan, Italy,
Michael Wolf: Life in City (retrospective)
Festival Les Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles, 
Arles, France,
Michael Wolf: 'Life in Cities'

Group Shows

Hamburg, Germany,
[SPACE] Street. Life. Photography. Street Photography aus sieben Jarhzehnten
San Francisco,
San Francisco,
Words Matter
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