Michael Wolf, Who Photographed Skyscrapers Minus the Sky, Dies at 65

Architecture of Density.”

at the Aperture Basis.

A closer glance at one particular of his shots reveals minuscule particulars that intrude on the uniformity of a building’s facade: laundry dangling from a window, poles jutting over a ledge, a child’s flower-shaped windmill spinning below a grate.

community-housing apartments for a collection named “100 x a hundred.” But to some critics he began revealing also a great deal.

From a rooftop in Chicago, Mr. Wolf utilized a telephoto lens to capture both equally the scale of condominium models and the particulars of non-public life, glimpsed by illuminated home windows, for “The Clear Metropolis.”

Later, for “A Sequence of Regrettable Functions,” he positioned a digicam on a tripod in front of a computer system screen and, from blurry Google Avenue See footage in Paris, captured photos of cars burning, puppies defecating, couples kissing and cyclists falling onto the streets.

The venture, which received honorable point out in the Entire world Push Picture awards of 2011, was lauded for its ground breaking use of technological know-how, but it was also questioned as to whether or not it should really be viewed as photojournalism.

Mr. Wolf was knowledgeable of how intrusive his digicam could be, as when he photographed Tokyo commuters in packed train cars pressed against the glass of the doorways. “It’s a bit aggressive, what I’m accomplishing,” he explained, “because these individuals can’t defend them selves.”

Casual Remedies,” a 264-website page e-book subdivided by chapters on mops, boots, carts and gloves.

He also gathered hundreds of chairs and thousands of employed toys that he included into gallery installations of his pictures.

Michael Wolf was born on July 30, 1954, in Munich. Both his mother and father had been artists: His mom painted and did pottery, and his father did calligraphy.

Mr. Wolf studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and, underneath the photojournalist Otto Steinert, at the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany. He worked as a photographer for Stern, a weekly newsmagazine in Europe, until finally he was 39, when he moved to Hong Kong in what he known as “the throes of a midlife crisis.”

However he would at times acquire on initiatives in other cities, he honed his photographic design and style largely in Hong Kong.

Mr. Wolf is survived by his spouse, Barbara Wolf, and their son, Jasper. He is also survived by his sister, Kyra Quon.

staff at a toy manufacturing facility in mainland China.


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