Cheung Chau Sunrises

@ Wolf, Michael



Excerpt from the text included in the book: 

"From his home on the Hong Kong island of Cheung Chau, Michael Wolf photographed sunrises every morning between 5.30 and 7.30 am. Here, on the roof of this three-story house, the photographer meditates regularly during these early hours.

This series grew into a conceptual work. At first glance, the spectacle of light and colour seems to clash with Wolf's previous series of images, social critiques reflecting living conditions in overpopulated megacities, and concomitant issues of mass consumption and environmental pollution. And now, sun, clouds, and the vastness of the sky and sea, divided by a horizon. It is the inherent optimism of the dawn of a new day, an image of untouched nature—where before one was shown the narrow, condensed spaces where people live, interact, and work together. It is in the back alleys, transport vehicles, housing units, and toy factories of Hong Kong, and also in the densities of the digital realm, between the pixels and clusters of road maps and satellite images, that Michael Wolf found the themes that have been his focus for thirteen years.

However, the intensity of work and life in these places, without opportunities for retreat, exhaust body and soul. Wolf left the city, finding a new home on Cheung Chau. Here, with views of one of Hong Kong's many bays, numerous shots of sunrises were created over the last two years. These photographs appear as a systematic counterpoint, to a place synonymous with a lack of space, smog, and a permanent conformity to economic circumstances."

This book is the last one Michael Wolf has seen published, as he passed away in his home on Cheung Chau in Aprril 2019...

Short text and biography in English and German.

104 pages - Couverture rigide

Buchkunst Berlin, 2019

Format : 22 x 28.4 cm

Neuf - Aucun défaut

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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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