Photo Series Captures the Diversity of Parisian Rooftops


On view now until September 6, 2014 at the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco is Paris Abstract. The series is an exhibition by renowned photographer Michael Wolf, of a rather unexpected theme. In the collection, Wolf indulges his curiosity for cityscapes and this time trains his camera on Parisian rooftops. Paris Abstract explores both the architectural intricacies as well as crowding of the Parisian landscape.

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The French capital is well celebrated for its buildings and structures. Great architects that made their mark on the urban topography include Le Corbusier, Perrault and Nouvel. Paris has many interesting buildings by famous designers, often being the playground where pioneering architects and artists test their ideas. As a result you have a city that has a little bit of everything.

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Wolf began living in Paris in 2008 after residing in Hong Kong for over 10 years. During that period he was hesitant about the idea of working in his new metropolis, mindful about the clichés linked with this world renowned city. This led him to search with a unique eye instead, and with his distinct perspective, Wolf shot Paris shunning predictable locations and focusing instead on the countless roof tops. His angling to emphasize pronounced geometric abstractions offers the viewer an ingeniously re-invented Parisian landscape that takes a look at life in the modern metropolis today.

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Michael Wolf was born in Munich in 1954, and grew up largely in the US and Germany. He went to school at UC Berkeley prior to earning a degree from the University of Essen in Germany under the tutelage of Otto Steinert. He was bestowed the 2005 and 2010 World Press Photo Award. Wolf’s work was included in the prestigious Hong Kong Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture. Likewise, his work has been exhibited at the Museum der Arbeit in Hamburg, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt, in addition to the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau.

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Wolf’s work is featured in esteemed collections both domestically and internationally, such as in the Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Deutsches Architektur Museum, as well as the Museum Folkwang, Essen.

See his remarkable work along with Paris Abstract in his website.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.