Michael Wolf

Artist lecture Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Architecture of Density #119, 2009

German photographer Michael Wolf examines life in the layered urban landscape, addressing public and private space, anonymity and individuality, history and modern development. From 1972-1973, he studied at the University of California at Berkeley and earned a degree in Visual Communication from the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany in 1976.

In 1994, Wolf moved to Hong Kong where he worked as a photojournalist for the German magazine Stern for 8 years. While working on his final story for the magazine, he identified the seeds of his first significant body of work, at which point he withdrew from editorial photography in order to pursue personal projects. He is best known for his pictures of Hong Kong’s highly compressed, often brutal architecture, in which he uses the city’s sky-scraping tower blocks to awe-inspiring effect, eliminating the sky and horizon line to flatten each image and turn these façades into seemingly never-ending abstractions. Wolf continues to live and work in Hong Kong.

Wolf has won first prize in the World Press Photo Award Competition twice (in 2005 & 2010) and was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize in 2010. He has published a number of books including Hong Kong Trilogy; Toyko Compression; Real Fake Art; Hong Kong Corner Houses; and The Transparent City.

Wolf’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including the Venice Biennale for Architecture; Aperture Gallery, New York; Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland; Museum for Work, Hamburg, Germany; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is held in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art; San Jose Museum of Art; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; and the German Museum for Architecture, Frankfurt.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.