Michael Wolf (1954-2019) was an internationally renowned photographer, known for his impressive large format images of dense architectural landscapes in cities like Paris, Chicago and Hong Kong.
Wolf began his interest in photography when studying at UC Berkeley and the Folkwang School with Otto Steinert in Essen, Germany. He later moved to Hong Kong in 1994 to begin his artistic career as a contract photographer for Stern Magazine. In 2001, Wolf began focusing on his own projects, drawing his focus to the tradition of socially concerned photography, while also engaging with the radical transformation of photography of recent years. From this unique perspective, he produced a body of work concerned with the complex reality of contemporary city life in a way that defies categorization.
Michael Wolf’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations including the Venice Biennale for Architecture; Aperture Gallery, New York; Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland; Museum for Work in Hamburg, Germany; Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennial; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is held in many permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; San Jose Museum of Art, California; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum Folkwang, Essen; German Museum for Architecture, Frankfurt. In 2017, Wolf had his first retrospective, Michael Wolf – Life In Cities, which traveled to France, Italy and Germany, and recently an image from his influential Architecture Of Density series was selected as the cover image of Civilization, The Way We Live Now, written by esteemed curators Bill Ewing and Holly Roussell.
Michael Wolf passed away on April 25, 2019. He will remain an integral part of the history of fine art photography, and his influence and considerable contributions to the practice will live on through his artwork.