Michael Wolf, Photographer of Ultra-Dense Hong Kong, Has Passed Away
The photojournalist was 64.
Former photojournalist Michael Wolf has passed away this week at the age of 64, in Hong Kong.
The photographer/artist was born in Germany and later resided in Hong Kong for the latter part of his life. His imagery work was world renowned and housed in international museums and galleries including the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, The Met in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and more. Countless exhibitions have also featured Wolf’s work, within cities such as Portland, Belgium, Amsterdam, London and much more.
His 2009 exhibition ‘Architecture of Density’ was a culmination of his photography of Hong Kong’s micro-dense everyday living environments. The imagery, seen above, crams enormous amounts of detail of the tightly packed apartments and dwellings of Hong Kong’s near-7 million population at the time. His images are meticulously organized, composed completely flat, and modest in nature but extremely detailed to tell the story of the subjects captured.
In 2011, Wolf was awarded an honorary mention in the 2011 World Press Photo for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events,’ a collection of disturbing incidents around the world caught by the automated cameras in Google Maps’ Street View mode. Wolf also received first prize in 2010’s World Press Photo Daily Life category for ‘Tokyo Compression’ which captured the passengers packed within subways and trains in Tokyo, Japan.