Michael Wolf's "Paris Abstraction" @ Robert Koch, SFPhotography // Saturday, 16 Aug 2014
In 2008, photographer Michael Wolf began living part-time in Paris after living in Hong Kong for over a decade. At that time he was apprehensive about the prospect of working in his new home city, concerned about the clichés associated with images of Paris. 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. Wolf’s strong geometric abstractions offer the viewer a freshly re-contextualized Parisian landscape that examines the density and life in a contemporary metropolis.