Title: THE TRANSPARENT CITY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2008
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 112 pages. Published in 2008. Retrospective collection of color photographs on subject. One of the finest art photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Michael Wolf and Andrew Sloat: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Michael Wolf. Text by Natasha Egan and Geoff Manaugh. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the spine, as issued. Presents Michael Wolf's "The Transparent City". The culmination of the ambitious Chicago Project undertaken by the photographer. Raised and educated in the United States, Wolf divides his time between Europe and Hong Kong, where he is the Correspondent Photographer of the leading German magazine, Stern. The Chicago Project presented a rare opportunity for him to photograph an American urban landscape. Made possible by a commission from the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, it is one of the most stunning photographic documents of our time, transcending its specific subject and yet somehow not losing any of its specificity. Still, even Chicago residents will not necessarily recognize their city as photographed by Wolf (in the way, for example, they immediately recognized it in Christopher Nolan's Batman film, "The Dark Knight"). "Bringing his unique perspective on changing urban environments to a city renowned for its architectural legacy, Wolf chose to photograph the central downtown area, focussing specifically on issues of voyeurism and the contemporary urban landscape in flux. The material resonates with all the formalism of the constructed, architectonic work for which Wolf is well-known, but also emphasizes the conceptual underpinnings of his ongoing engagement with the idea of how modern life unfolds within the framework of the ever-growing contemporary city" (Publisher's blurb). The resulting photographs recall the panoramas of Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth while bearing the personal stamp of Michael Wolf's sensibility, marked by (guiltless) voyeurism, as unknowing subjects are captured in their private offices and bedrooms. Hence also the title. An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Wolf collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Michael Wolf. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Wolf signed his name legibly and in full. He signed most other copies with his brisk initials only. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (signed in full) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have serious flaws and are not signed yet command collectible prices. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 60 color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 1597110760. Bookseller Inventory # 20372
Synopsis: Chicago, like many urban centers throughout the world, has recently undergone a surge in new construction, grafting a new layer of architectural experimentation onto those of past eras. In early 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, with the support of U.S. Equities Realty, invited Michael Wolf as an artist-in-residence to document this phenomenon. Bringing his unique perspective on changing urban environments to a city renowned for its architectural legacy, Wolf chose to photograph the central downtown area, focusing specifically on issues of voyeurism and the contemporary urban landscape in flux.
This is Wolf's first body of work to address an American city. Whereas prior series have juxtaposed humanizing details within the surrounding geometry of the urban landscape, in The Transparent City, his details are fragments of life--digitally distorted and hyper-enlarged--snatched surreptitiously via telephoto lenses: Edward Hopper meets Blade Runner. The material resonates with all the formalism of the constructed, architectonic work for which Wolf is well-known, but also emphasizes the conceptual underpinnings of his ongoing engagement with the idea of how modern life unfolds within the framework of the ever-growing contemporary city.
Michael Wolf, born in Munich in 1954, grew up in the United States and studied at UC Berkeley and with Otto Steinert at the University of Essen in Germany. Two previous books-- Sitting in China (2002) and Hong Kong: Front Door/Back Door (2005)--feature his much acclaimed photographs of China. Wolf lives and works in Hong Kong and Europe.
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