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The exhibition ‚Street. Life. Photography: From Arbus to Zurborn: Seven Decades of Street Photography’ encompasses 50 photographers with around 350 works.
For example • Ahn Jun• Merry Alpern • Diane Arbus • Jerry Berndt • Roman Bezjak• Peter Bialobrzeski• MohamedBourouissa• Andrew Buurma •Harry Callahan• Yasmine Chatila • Mario Cuic• Maciej Dakowicz• Philip-Lorca diCorcia • Natan Dvir• Melanie Einzig• Robert Frank • Lee Friedlander • Peter Funch • Bruce Gilden • Hein Gorny • Siegfried Hansen• Andreas Herzau • Candida Höfer• Michael Järnecke• William Klein• Wolfgang Krolow * • Leon Levinstein • Melanie Manchot• Jesse Marlow• Mirko Martin• Rudi Meisel• Joel Meyerowitz • Lisette Model • Loredana Nemes• Arnold Odermatt • Harri Pälviranta• Martin Parr • Doug Rickard • Martin Roemers • Thomas Ruff• Andrew Savulich • Axel Schön• Stephen Shore • Slinkachu• Thomas Struth• Wolfgang Tillmans • Andreas Trogisch • Dougie Wallace• Michael Wolf• Tom Wood • Wolfgang Zurborn
It will be divided into seven thematic groups: Street Life, Crashes, Public Transfer, Urban Space, Lines and Signs, and Anonymity and Alienation.
The exhibition is curated by Dr. Sabine Schnakenberg and will be shown at the House of Photography at the phototriennale.
MICHAEL WOLF. LIFE IN CITIES
From May 10 through July 22, 2018, great photographic work is at home at Fondazione Stelline with the first Italian retrospective exhibition devoted to Michael Wolf. 150 works from seven series among Wolf’s most famous productions focus on the relationship between human density and urban architecture
[Milan – April 20, 2018] High level international photography is once again in the spotlight at Fondazione Stelline. From May 10 through July 22, 2018, the halls in Corso Magenta 61 will host Life in Cities, the first major exhibition devoted to Michael Wolf ever held in Italy, the German artist and photographer who developed his talent under the guidance of master Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School in Essen and at Berkeley University in California.
Life in Cities, honored at the latest edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles, is a retrospective exhibition praising the relationship between human density and urban architecture. On display are 150 works by Michael Wolf from seven of his most famous series: from the most recent, Paris Rooftops (2014), to his most renowned photo series entitled Tokyo Compression(2010-2013), passing through Informal Solution (2003-2014), Architecture of Density (2003 –2014), and Transparent City (2006), dedicated to the complexity of modern cities, up to the early works testifying to Wolf’s activity as a documentary photographer.
Michael Wolf’s focus zeroes in on the relationship between the city’s social structure and its architecture. His shots and projects seize the traces of human density amidst the complex structures of urban landscape, as in his Paris series where the rooftops linger on the borderline between realistic representation and abstraction.
A successful photographer and visual artist, Wolf has received authoritative international awards, winning two World Press Photo awards (in 2005 and 2010) and being shortlisted at the latest edition of the prestigious Prix Pictet. The notoriety achieved by his photographic projects, which capture abstractions of city architecture and dizzying perspectives of its implacable expansion, continues to be the subject of publications and exhibitions.
Lifes in Cities, curated by Wim van Sinderen and Alessandra Klimciuk, was produced by Fondazione Stelline in partnership with Fotomuseum Den Haag / The Hague Museum of Photography.
Accompanying the retrospective is the catalogue “Michael Wolf. Works” with text by Marc Feustel, Jan-Philipp Sendker, Wim van Sinderen, and Michael Wolf himself (Peperoni Books, €50).
Michael Wolf (Munich, 1954) has worked and lived in Hong Kong since 1994. Wolf grew up in the United States and Canada, studying at Berkeley University in California, then moving back to Germany to complete his education and training at the Folkwang School from 1972 to 1976 with the legendary professor Otto Steinert. He has worked as a photo-reporter for renowned magazines, including “Geo” and “Stern”, quickly affirming himself as an independent author and successful visual artist. The lives of people living in the great and ever-changing metropolises is his favorite subject. Wolf’s work has been exhibited in prestigious locations, including the Venice Biennale for Architecture and the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennial; Museum Centre Vapriikkiin Tampere, Finland; the Museum for Work in Hamburg, Germany; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is part of many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the San Jose Museum of Art, California, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the Museum Folkwangin Essen, and the German Museum for Architecture in Frankfurt.
A figure behind a misted window turns its face away and closes its eyes in an attempt to evade the lens of the photographer. The metro passenger is crushed between fellow-commuters and unable to move when photographer Michael Wolf points his camera at him from the other side of the glass. Over the 2010-2013 period, Wolf returned time and time again to the same metro platform in Tokyo to lie in wait for his passing prey. The result is Tokyo Compression, perhaps Wolf’s most renowned photo-series, in which he explores the subjects of privacy and voyeurism in great detail. In the densely populated world cities where Michael Wolf works, these themes are unavoidable. The Hague Museum of Photography is about to exhibit a major retrospective of Wolf’s work, stretching from his earliest years as a documentary photographer right through to relatively recent series like Architecture of Density (2003 – 2014) and Transparent City (2006).
UNWIRED JACQUELINE HASSINK
What does it feel like to live without telephone and WiFi connections – to be ‘unwired’? The exhibition Unwired confronts us with our smartphone addiction and appeals to our fundamental need for mental rest.
For Unwired, Jacqueline Hassink roamed the world in search of ‘white spots’, where there is no digital connectivity of any kind. She photographed places like the remote primeval forests on the Japanese island of Yakushima, the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Ocean and the mountains of Iceland, but also visited a ‘digital detox’ spa in Germany, where clients are artificially shielded from the digital world. Contrasting sharply with these tranquil places, Hassink has taken portraits of people glued to their smart- phones in the metro.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a photo book, likewise entitled Unwired. Designed by Irma Boom, the volume will be issued by German publishing house Hatje Cantz. It will feature contributions from Jacqueline Hassink, Frits Gierstberg, Bregtje van der Haak, Rinzai Zen master Yudo Harada and others.
This exhibition received generous support through a unique sponsorship arrangement. The project Unwired Landscapes is made possible by the support of the Mondriaan Fund. The White Spots World Map and the accompanying app were realised with the financial support of the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.
Photographer Michael Wolf talks about his first retrospective, Life in Cities, at the Eglise des Frères Prêcheurs.