Tokyo Compression, © Michael Wolf
Tokyo Compression, © Michael Wolf 

Michael Wolf: Life in Cities

17/11/2018 - 03/03/2019

Dufourstrasse 31 
8008 Zurich   

From 17 November 2018 to 3 March 2019, the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen will be presenting a major exhibition by the German photographer Michael Wolf (*1954). The exhibition Michael Wolf: Life in Cities, which features twelve series of photographs and an enormous wall installation, shows works ranging from Wolf’s early days as a documentary photographer to his most recent creations. Wolf’s works reflect living conditions in major cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Chicago, and Paris and address issues such as population concentration, mass consumption, privacy, and voyeurism.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Wolf’s impressive wall installation The Real Toy Story (2004–2018), which will be shown in its largest manifestation to date at the Deichtorhallen, spanning 23 by 4.5 meters. More than 20,000 cheap toys »Made in China« provide the framework for portrait photos of workers in Chinese toy factories. The shy and sometimes resigned faces of these individuals contrast starkly with the overwhelming number of brightly colored, mass-produced toys.