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Friday, 26 April 2019


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"So said the photographer Michael Wolf, who died in his sleep, apparently unexpectedly, two days ago, at the relatively young age of 64."

First my condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.

See this is why I took my social security at age 63! Maybe enjoy a few years not working so hard and get my cameras out more.

>entirely urban

I guess you’ve never been there. The New Territories are large and quite wild. In northern Sai Kung I was once attacked by a troupe of monkeys while on a hike, alone, far enough from whywhere that I feared I might be killed and never found. One of my neighbours on one of the small islands had their dog eaten by a wild reticulated python. Hong Kong is far from entirely urbanised, away from Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

The best obituary is at Hong Kong Free Press: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/04/26/extraordinary-eye-michael-wolf-famed-photographer-shot-hong-kongs-architecture-density-dies-aged-65


I checked-out his site. There are several nice shots of people, using the universal bird, to indicate that they thought the photographer was numero uno 8-)

The through-the-window voyeur-shots show me something I hadn't seen before. The artful-out-of-focus stuff is A-OK—he'd get no likes on Ad-Am fora.

Michael Wolf’s video from a recent Paris Photo serves as lovely reminder of his thoughts and works.

On a personal note, some time ago I was going to meet Mr. Wolf at a social function, having been told that we seemed to be rather kindred spirits (and nearly the same age). Unfortunately I was ultimately unable to attend, something I’ve long regretted, especially now.

Michael Wolf was definitely the Real Deal. I have the opportunity a couple of times a year to see a large print of his and it is always a distinct pleasure. Remarkable work.

I visited one exhibition of his work a few month ago in Italy. Great work, specially when seen in the real dimensions. RIP

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