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Architecture of Density
Michael Wolf, Architecture of Density 105, 2008
Architecture of Density

Wolf 's series 'Architecture of Density' focuses on life in mega cities. His large-scale photographs of urban sprawl turn the high-rise buildings of Hong Kong into abstract geometries, seemingly divorced from the thousands of people they accommodate. The photographs extract formalist patterning from these vast structures by hiding the skyline and the ground. The buildings are rendered eerily empty of their inhabitants as they stretch far beyond the scope of the picture frame. Wolf 's images expose the extremities to which humanity has been driven in order to provide for the exploding population, bespeaking the stifling claustrophobia of modern urban life but also of an extraordinary ability to adapt. This urge to capture the ever-changing urban sprawl aligns with a tradition of architectural photography that stretches from the work of Berenice Abbott, through that of Thomas Struth and Bernd and Hilla Becher to Andreas Gursky and Nadav Kander.

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