Quote of the Week by Michael Wolf


“As a photojournalist, I was always aware of composition in my photographs, and one of the things I always liked doing was not letting the viewer be able to escape from the picture.” —Michael Wolf (1954-2019)

Michael Wolf is known for capturing the hyper-density of cities, such as Hong Kong, Tokyo and Chicago in his large-scale photographs of high-rise architecture and intimate studies of the lives of city dwellers. Michael Wolf’s work on life in cities was always driven by a profound concern for the people living in these environments and for the consequences of massive urbanisation on contemporary civilization. This commitment and engagement remained central throughout his career, first as a photojournalist and then as an artist. He won first prize in the World Press Photo competition in 2005 and 2010 and received an honourable mention in 2011. In 2010 and 2016 he was nominated for the Prix Pictet photography award. His work features in many permanent collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum Folkwang, and Gemeentemuseum. Michael Wolf’s first major retrospective, Michael Wolf – Life in Cities, was held in 2017, premiering at the prestigious Rencontres de la Photographie festival in Arles, then moving on to The Hague Museum of Photography (2018), the Fondazione Stelline in Milan (2018), Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2018 –2019), and Urania, Berlin (2019).