Challenging and conceptualizing urban modern life, capturing ephemeral moments of daily life in the big cities and transforming them into everlasting souvenirs of how citizens interact with their environment…What makes Michael Wolf different is his ability to find the symbolic value of insignificant details that go usually unnoticed.
Michael Wolf’s photography is an invitation to travel through mass arquitecture and the people who inhabit these structures, the industrial workers that cater to the First World to meet their superflous needs. His shots clearly have a strong social protest tone.
He was born in Germany and raised in the US and Canada. He came back to Germany to study photography before heading to Asia to spend the most of his career there. Wolf’s work focuses on Central Asia and exceptionally approaches Western culture, as seen in his Paris roofs series.
What makes Michael Wolf different is his ability to find the symbolic value of insignificant details that go usually unnoticed
His most renowned work is a photo collection called ‘Architecture of Density’, a perception of the uncontrolled urbanistic growth in Hong Kong. Wolf eliminates the skyline and the horizon to make images flatter and present façades as concrete tapestries that repeat over and over again, as in a loop. Beyond the overwhelming beauty of these captures, Michael Wolf invites us to read between the lines and reflect on the thousands of human lives that feature every shot.
The formalism and the inexpressive approach of his work ‘Architecture of Density’ echoes the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher from the Düsseldorf school. As found in the works of Andreas Gursky or Thomas Struth, Michael Wolf’s photographies show an innate desire of documenting the world around him with a contemporary visual perspective.