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Michael Wolf was born in 1954 in Munich, Germany. He worked and lived in Paris and Hong Kong where he died in April 2019.Read More
The focus of Michael Wolf's work is life in mega-cities. His projects document both the architecture and the vernacular culture of metropolises. Born in Munich, Wolf grew up in Canada, Europe, and the United States, studying at UC Berkeley and at the Folkwang School with Otto Steinert in Essen, Germany. He moved to Hong Kong in 1994, where he worked for eight years as a contract photographer for Stern magazine. Since 2003, Wolf has been focusing on his own projects, publishing over thirty books of his work.
Wolf's work has been exhibited in numerous locations including the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the International Architecture Biennial in São Paulo, Aperture Gallery in New York, Museum Centre Vapriikki in Tampere, Finland, Museum der Arbeit in Hamburg, Museum August Kestner in Hannover, Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Biennial of Urbanism/Architecture, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, and Fotomuseum Den Haag in The Hague.
His work is held in many permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art in California, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and M+ in Hong Kong.
He has won first prize in the World Press Photo Contest on two occasions (2005 and 2010) and received an honourable mention in 2011. Wolf has been shortlisted twice for the Prix Pictet photography prize (2010 and 2016).
Text courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie.
After moving on from a successful career in photojournalism in 2003 to pursue his personal work, the photographer Michael Wolf, who has died unexpectedly aged 64, devoted himself to exploring the complex nature of life in some of the world's largest cities. Michael was best known for his series Architecture of Density (2003-14), which focused on...
'I see myself as an anthropologist,' Michael Wolf tells me as he guides me around his show, Informal Arrangements (27 November 2015–9 January 2016), at Flowers Gallery in London's East End. The densely gridded façades of Hong Kong's high-rises dominate one wall but elsewhere the material on display has a more improvised, intimate air. As a...
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