Aperture is pleased to offer this very special limited-edition photograph to our collecting audience in conjunction with the publication and exhibition of Michael Wolf: The Transparent City at Aperture Gallery in November 2009.
Here, Wolf has reinterpreted the work by producing a print that is a composite of two images he created for the series The Transparent City. Chicago, like many urban centers, has recently undergone a surge in new construction, grafting a a new layer of experimentation onto past eras. In 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, in collaboration with the U.S. Equities Realty artist-in-residence program, invited Michael Wolf to photograph the Chicago cityscape.
This is Wolf's first body of work to address an American city. Whereas prior series have juxtaposed humanizing details within the surrounding geometry of the urban landscape, in The Transparent City his details are fragments of life—digitally distorted and hyper-enlarged, snatched through a telephoto lens.
In Transparent City Composite #1, we view both sides of this wonderful project—the architectonic work for which Wolf is well known aligned with one of his details that speaks to the modern lives unfolding within the framework of the ever-growing contemporary city.
Michael Wolf (born in Munich, 1954) grew up in the United States and studied at UC Berkeley and with Otto Steinert at the University of Essen in Germany. His books include Sitting in China (2002), Hong Kong, Front Door/Back Door (2005), and The Transparent City (Museum of Contemporary Photography/Aperture, 2008). Wolf lives and works in Hong Kong and Paris.