San Francisco

Michael Wolf

Robert Koch Gallery

China’s gleaming new skyscrapers have magnetic appeal for Western photographers, who often portray them as striking signs of the country’s massive growth. Michael Wolf is one such photographer, having trained his lens on Hong Kong since 2003, when he began “Architecture of Density,” his ongoing series of pictures depicting seemingly endless vertical columns and staggered grids of windows. The facades are shown at a distance, the thousands of people held within the matrices only suggested. For a related series, “100 x 100,” 2006, however, he photographed Hong Kong residents inside their nearly identical boxlike public-housing units. In these two bodies of work, offering macro and micro views, respectively, the photographer brings out tensions between old and new, growth and decay, in social and architectural structures.

For his new series, “Transparent City,” 2007, Wolf focuses on buildings

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