Michael Wolf began his career as a photojournalist, spending eight years working in Hong Kong for the German magazine Stern. He won a first prize in Contemporary Issues in the 2004 World Press Photo competition for his photographs for an article in Stern entitled China: Factory of the World.
AO39 is from the artist’s series Architecture of Density. One of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the world, Hong Kong has an overall density of nearly 6,700 people per square kilometer. The majority of its citizens live in flats in high-rise buildings. In Architecture of Density, Wolf investigates these vibrant city blocks, finding a mesmerizing abstraction in the buildings’ facades. Here Wolf examines residential housing complexes which are tightly packed together to accommodate the popultion—nearly 7 million people living on 426 square miles.
Photographed from opposing buildings with direct vantage points, he removes all reference to sky and horizon line, flattening the space until it becomes in the words of curator Natasha Egan” a relentless abstraction of urban expansion, with no escape for the viewer’s eye.”
The edition size for AO39 is 25 with 4 artist’s proofs. The image size is 17″ x 25″ and the paper size is 23″ x 31″. This C-print is signed and numbered by the artist and it is available for $2500 through the Aperture Foundation Gallery.