Michael Wolf Windows • Monday Window, 24 February

Michael Wolf Windows is my entry in Ludwig Keck’s challenge Monday Window 24 February. The late Michael Wolf was a German photographer who lived for 8 years or so in Hong Kong, working as a photographer for Stern Magazine. According to Wikipedia Wolf has stated said that a decline in the magazine industry led to photojournalism assignments becoming ‘stupid and boring’ and from 2003 he decided to work only on fine-art photography projects.

Architecture of Density

One of these projects was called Architecture of Density. The photos below show you why.

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‘The Back Door of Hong Kong’

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 mesmerizing abstractions in the buildings’ facades. He called it in one of his last interviews semi-lovingly ‘The Back Door of Hong Kong’. I, having spent enough time in Hong Kong, not so lovingly just dubbed this after him. Michael Wolf Windows.

Obviously, these are photographs that I took of his giant photographs on display in the KunstMuseum in The Hague (back in 2018). The first thing that struck me is the lifelessness of this body of work. The second thing that is clearly noticeable is that this work is almost devoid of perspective.

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