Lives in Hong Kong, born in Munich, Germany
The focus of the German photographer Michael Wolf’s work is life in mega cities. Many of his projects document the architecture as well as 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.
Wolf’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including the Venice Bienniale for Architecture, the Sao Paulo Biennial for Architecture, Aperture Gallery, New York; Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland, Museum for Work in Hamburg, Germany, Kestner Museum, Hannover, Germany, Folkwang Museum, Germany, the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is held in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, California; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum Folkwang, Essen and the Heritage Museum, HK.
He has won first prize in the World Press Photo Award Competition on two occasions (2005 & 2010) and an honorable mention (2011). Wolf has been shortlisted for the Prix Pictet photography prize two times.
He has published more than 32 photo books including More HK Informal Seating Arrangements (Peperoni Press, 2015,) HK Umbrella (Peperoni Press, 2015,) HK Informal Seating Arrangements, (Peperoni Press, 2015,) HK Flora, (Peperoni Press, 2014,) HK Trilogy (Peperoni Press, 2013,) Small God Big City (Hong Kong University Press, 2013) Bottrop Ebel 1976 (Peperoni Press 2012) Tokyo Compression Three (Peperoni Press/Asia One 2012,) Architecture of Density (Peperoni Press/Asia One 2012,) Hong Kong Corner Houses (Hong Kong University Press, 2011) Portraits (Superlabo, Japan,2011) Tokyo Compression Revisited (Peperoni Press/Asia One 2011,) Real Fake Art (Peperoni Press/Asia One 2011,) FY (Peperoni Press, 2010,) A Series of Unfortunate Events. (Peperoni Press, 2010,) Tokyo Compression (Peperoni Press/Asia One 2010,) Hongkong Inside Outside (Asia One/Peperoni Press 2009,) The Transparent City (Aperture 2008) and Sitting in China (Steidl 2002).
Am 26.4.2019 verstarb Michael Wolf in den frühen Morgenstunden in seinem Haus auf der Insel Cheung Chau vor Hong Kong, erst 64-jährig. Er war unserem Projekt von Anfang an sehr positiv gegenübergestellt und wollte es auch persönlich in England bei einem Kunstverlag vorstellen. Leider wird er die Vollendung von Trees of the Planet nun nicht mehr erleben.