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About the Author

Michael Wolf's books include Hong Kong: Front Door/Back Door, Sitting in China and Chinese Propaganda Posters.

Kenneth Baker is the art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Douglas Young is a designer and founder of the lifestyle store G.O.D. Ltd (Goods of Desire).
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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500543046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500543047
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 0.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wolf on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Architecture of Density

Words: Rebecca Walker

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German-born photographer Michael Wolf has been described by some as `humanly alert'. KEE talks to him about the urban dynamics of a complex culture.

Michael Wolf views ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Culturally astute, Wolf's artistic inspiration comes from the local culture in which he immerses himself. Wolf has been fascinated by China's complex urban dynamics since moving to Asia as a contract photographer 10 years ago and his photography focuses on the idiosyncrasies of the Asian way of life. Insightful and absorbing, his latest book "Hong Kong, The Front Door/The Back Door" deals with the SAR's cultural identity through depictions of the city's architecture.

Wolf was born in Munich and grew up in the USA. He began a career in photography after graduating from the University of Essen in Germany, freelancing for various international publications including Time, Spiegel and Stern. In the early 1990s Wolf had an epiphany. "I was sitting in my room in Amsterdam and suddenly knew I needed to make a big change in my life. I had a picture of the globe in my head and when I came to Asia I knew that was where I needed to go."

His decision was a good one and it was in China that he found his ultimate inspiration. "I love the visual chaos of China. It is a photographers dream," says the photographer. Wolf's poignant portrayals of the lives and living conditions of his cultural environment are subjective and personal and have earned him international acclaim. As described by Art Critic Kenneth Baker, "By their formal intelligence and acuity of observation, Wolf's Hong Kong pictures easily earn the status of art works.
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