Michael Wolf’s The Transparent City

Aperture will be releasing The Transparent City, a collection by urban photographer Michael Wolf. The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago invited Michael to be an artist-in-residence last year. From Aperture:

Bringing his unique perspective on changing urban environments to a city renowned for its architectural legacy, Wolf chose to photograph the central downtown area, focusing specifically on issues of voyeurism and the contemporary urban landscape in flux.

Michael’s photographs are of urban buildings. He uses telephoto lenses and prints his photographs large, so that the viewer can see into the windows. Rachel Hulin accurately describes it as “a mix of private and public” that is voyeuristic and intriguing. You can see some of the photographs on Michael’s site. (He has pages with images from the project, as well as closeup details of people seen in their private spaces.)

The Transparent City is available from Aperture and on pre-order from Amazon. Michael will lecture at the MoCP on November 20.


~ by David Cupp on October 1, 2008.

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