Michael Wolf is a talented photographer and artist, who was born in Munich, Germany, raised in the United States and currently based between Paris and Hong Kong. His photographs are in the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; the Brooklyn Museum; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, Kansas City; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Paris Rooftops is a continuation of Wolf’s life-long fascination with architecture and urban life, this time taking the viewer to Paris, where he moved part-time with his family in 2008. It was during this period that he produced the series Paris Street Views by essentially sequestering himself in his apartment and appropriating images of Paris from Google Street View.
Since then, with his distinct perspective, Wolf photographed Paris eschewing well-known locations and focusing instead on the innumerable roof tops each with its own identity.
I was used to the excitement and constant change in Asia. It was so difficult to find something [in Paris]. The Haussmannian Architecture didn’t interest me because it was more of less the same, and photographing people is difficult because of the privacy laws.
– Michael Wolf
Packed with stout chimneys, tv antennas, graffiti, and various geometric structures, these photographs introduce an interesting dreamy perspective of a typically recognizable place.
Enjoy also his Architecture Of Density seriese.