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Farewell to Michael Wolf (1954 – 2019)

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Last week, we learned of the passing of photographer Michael Wolf at the age of 64. In 2017, we published this text by Marc Feustel. German photographer Michael Wolf’s started his series entitled Life in Cities in 2011. His projects document both the architecture and the vernacular culture of metropolises. It is in Hong Kong, the city that became his home in Asia, that Wolf has found his greatest source of inspiration. His first personal project in the city, Architecture of Density (2003–14), uses the city’s iconic skyscraping tower blocks to great effect, eliminating the sky and horizon line to flatten each image and turn these facades into infinite abstractions. Since 2003, Wolf has constructed a sprawling photographic archive of Hong Kong life at street level entitled Informal Solutions, a reference to the resourcefulness of city dwellers in even the most restricted public spaces. The series is a visual collection of a dizzying array of fragments from the city streets: […] Wolf is able to reveal the surprising diversity of the urban ecosystem, capturing the beauty of the vernacular while […]

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