The 64-year-old died in his sleep on Thursday morning in his home on Cheung Chau Island in Hong Kong, as his wife Barbara Wolf reported on Saturday. Born in Munich and raised in the USA and Canada, Wolf is known for his images of the world’s largest metropolises, especially Hong Kong, where he has lived since 1994.
Initially, Wolf worked as a photojournalist, but turned in 2003 to own projects and has received several awards. His images can be seen in major museums around the world such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has published more than 30 photo books on urban life, including his famous “Architecture of Density” on Hong Kong skyscrapers.
His latest book “Informal Solutions” captured the charm of the backyard lanes of the Asian business metropolis. In “Tokyo Impressions,” Wolf documents crowded people in the packed subway during Tokyo’s rush hour.
His home on Hong Kong Island was also an inspiration to him, as shown in the book “Cheung Chau Sunrises”. “He was pleased to see the next sunrise and was curious about what would unfold before him,” his family said to his death. “Every day he woke up in the same landscape, but it looked different every morning.” Michael Wolf had been like that: “Curious about life, about art, photography, a sensitive observer who has perceived the world like no other.” Wolf was born on July 30, 1954 and had a son.