Architecture of Density

@ Wolf, Michael

978-3941825055

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Presentation by Peperoni:

"This book has been published before as part of the two-book set Hong Kong Inside Outside, which is completely sold out. Now Architecture of Density comes in a new edition as a stand alone book.

Focused on the specific visual elements Michael Wolf has depicted high density living in one of the world’s most crowded cities like nobody has before. For Architecture of Density, Wolf fashioned a distinctive style of photography. He removes any sky or horizon line from the frame and flattens the space until it becomes a relentless abstraction of urban expansion, with no escape for the viewer’s eye. Wolf photographs crumbling buildings in need of repair, brand new buildings under construction covered in bamboo scaffolding, as well as fully occupied residential complexes. Wolf’s disorienting vantage point gives the viewer the feeling that the buildings extend indefinitely, which perhaps is the spatial experience of Hong Kong’s inhabitants.

Alert observers can also spot many traces of life on the facades, caused by inhabitants and users. "

An impressive and oppressive, almost suffocating body of work, that confronts us with an architectural reality, and a social reality that is quite difficult to imagine... These aesthetically attractive images, their formal beauty, make them even more bothering!

The original release of this book as a stand-alone is from 2012 (jointly by Peperoni Books and Asia One Books); we are offering here the 2018 reprint.

128 pages - Hardcover

Peperoni Books, 2012 (4th printing 2018)

Format : 31 x 24 cm

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Wolf, Michael

Michael Wolf was a photographer who was a "citizen of the world" : born in 1954 in Germany, he spent earlier parts of his adult life in the United States, and then was mainly based between Hong-Kong and France. He died suddenly in April 2019. Photo: © Michael Wolf
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