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


Bieke Depoorter, from the series I am about to call it a day, 2010.

Bieke Depoorter

Fall 2018 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Photographer Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium) travels the world to find her subjects, creating extraordinarily intimate photographs that straddle portraiture, documentary, and fiction. The relationships she creates with those she photographs are the key to her work. As Depoorter describes it, “The relationships I establish with my subjects are the foundation of my artistic practice…. The resulting stories are always partially mine, partially theirs.”

In her early work, Depoorter traveled to far-flung locales in Russia, Egypt, and the United States, befriending locals to photograph. She asked her subjects if she could spend the night in their homes, building rapport and trust that eventually allowed her to capture the mundane, routine, ordinary moments of their lives. Depoorter’s first such project, Ou Menya, documented her encounters in the homes of locals in Russia. She completed a similar, long-term project in the United States titled I am about to call it a day.

In As It May Be, a project photographed in Egypt beginning just after the revolution in 2011, she tried to find trust in a time of turmoil and suspicion, in an environment where private life is often shielded. With this project, she also started to question her use of the photographic medium. Conscious of her status as an outsider, she returned to Egypt in 2017 with the first draft of the book, inviting others to write comments directly on the photographs. Contrasting views on country, religion, society, and photography arise among people who would otherwise never engage in a dialogue with one another. In Sete#15 (2015) and the short film Dvalemodus (2017), she began to conceive of her subjects as actors, projecting her own fictional narratives onto her subjects’ factual environments, thereby blurring the line between her world and theirs. In her most recent projects, such as the ongoing project Agata (2017), Depoorter works even more collaboratively with her subjects.

She has published four books, and her work has been shown in the United States and Europe, including Photomuseum The Hague, The Netherlands and an upcoming exhibition at FOMU Antwerp, Belgium. She joined the Magnum agency as a nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016. She is the recipient of the Magnum Expression award and the Prix levallois, among other accolades.

Depoorter lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.