Michael Wolf Life in Cities retrospective opens at the Rencontres d’Arles
June 16, 2017
We are pleased to announce that gallery artist Michael Wolf’s traveling retrospective Life in Cities opens at the Rencontres d’Arles on July 3rd, 2017, and will be on view through August 27, 2017. The exhibition will travel to international institutions and is accompanied with a monograph which can be purchased here.
The phrase “street photography” comes loaded with meaning, expectations and, in many ways, limitations. Whether it’s the decisive moment, the magic of light or the importance placed on happenstance, the genre has a rich and celebrated history—but also find itself a bit foreclosed in its capacity for experimentation.
That is why photographers like Michael Wolf are so important. For well over a decade, Wolf has made work in cities, streets and urban agglomerations all over the world. Whether in Hong Kong, Chicago, Paris, Tokyo or in digital worlds through the use of Google Street view, Wolf’s always fresh, widely varied work reminds us why the world’s streets continue to capture our attention.
In the words of writer and critic Marc Feustel, “[Wolf] establishes himself not only as a photographer of the urban structure, but of the unexpected ways in which people adapt to and reconfigure this rapidly changing environment. At a time when the urban experience is becoming increasingly homogenized, Wolf has chosen to celebrate the distinctiveness of each city that he photographs, while revealing the universal traits of contemporary city life.”
At this year’s Rencontres d’Arles, Wolf showcased a retrospective of his impressive output since 2004. Below, we have made a selection from several of his series. Although the exhibition has closed, we encourage you to seek out more information on the projects that interest you. We hope you find as much inspiration in Wolf’s streets as we have.