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Architecture in Density is the best known series of Michael Wolf, a German photographer. Wolf captures Hong Kong’s -the 4th most densely populated places in the world- highly compressed, often brutal architecture focusing on the extreme scale of the buildings. He uses the city’s sky-scraping tower blocks to great effect, eliminating the sky and horizon line to flatten each image and turn these façades into seemingly never-ending abstractions. Although the images are stunning, and one will be overwhelmed with the scale and enormity of the buildings, he won’t avoid wondering about the thousands of lives contained within each frame. Buildings that are infinite and haunting.

Photographer Michael Wolf was born in Munich, Germany and currently lives in Hong Kong. The focus of his work is life in mega cities. Many of his projects document the architecture and the vernacular culture of metropolises. 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 8 years as contract photographer for Stern magazine. Since 2001, Wolf has been focusing on his own projects, many of which have been published as books, more than 13 up to now. His work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including the Venice Bienniale for Architecture, Aperture gallery in New York and it is held in many permanent collections.

images source: photomichaelwolf.com

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