In this second clip of Michael Wolf's talk at Aperture, he presents his Architecture of Density series taken in Hong Kong where Wolf developed his own style of depicting massive buildings without any sky. Wolf explains how the images work both as a graphic abstract depiction of the buildings and an incredibly detailed portrait of them depending on the distance you view them from. After photographing the outsides of these buildings, he begins to document the interiors and their inhabitants in the 100x100 series.

Wolf then speaks about his first project in the USA, The Transparent City. He was immediately inspired by the windows architecture of this city combining different styles, which reminded him of Edward Hopper. His photographs in Chicago are in a similar vein of his photos of buildings in Hong Kong. Continuing to refine his concepts, he also digitally enlarged the images made in Chicago in order to expose the people inside the buildings.

Wolf finishes his talk showing a couple new bodies of work, Paris Street View and Tokyo Subway Dreams. Both of these series are a departure from his expansive, architectural style and honing in on a more conceptual and personal style of working.

Coinciding with the exhibition at Aperture Gallery and the release of its accompanying monograph, The Transparent City, Michael Wolf gave a talk on November 10, 2009. His large-scale color photographs of downtown Chicago’s buildings and their inhabitants examine public versus private space in the context of 21st-century urban life.

You can watch the entire panel discussion divided in three different clips on our multimedia page and vimeo account.

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