The photographs in the Paris Roof Tops series by Michael Wolf are part of the artist’s documentation of “architecture and the vernacular culture of metropolises”.
The layering of chimneys and contrasting colours against harsh, irregular lines, are reminiscent of L. S. Lowry’s depiction of the industrial towns of North West England in the mid-twentieth century. However the apparent elements of French architecture in Wolf’s work are a far cry from the red brick terraces of Lowry’s Lancastrian scenes.
The sheer amount of detail captured in each image is overwhelming, and even after several viewings new pieces of narrative emerge – whether it be a patch of water damage, or an obscured work of graffiti, adding further depth and interest.
Wolf has long been occupied with “mega cities”. Born in Munich, Germany, he now lives in Hong Kong after growing up in Canada, Europe and America. His work has been exhibited all over the world, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the San Jose Museum of Art in California. To date, the photographer has published 13 books.
If you’re a fan of this series then check out Wolf’s website for more from Hong Kong and Tokyo.
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