Hong Kong: Front Door / Back Door

Hong Kong: Front Door / Back Door

  1. Photographs by Michael Wolf
  2. Texts by Kenneth Baker
  • ISBN 9780500543047
  • 36.50 x 27.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 120pp
  • 71 Illustrations, 71 in colour
  • First published 2005
‘A graphic and visually stunning look at the ability of Hong Kong population to adapt to the apparent modernity of modern architecture’ – RPS Journal
‘Never choreographed or contrived, the pictures … are still stunning’ – The Sunday Times
‘Thought-provoking … captivating photographs … random objects become touching art pieces that lift the spirit and confirm a human presence in a setting that would otherwise appear post-apocalyptic’ – i-D Magazine

Surprising and at times shocking, this visual journey takes us through the narrow streets and broad cityscapes of one of the most heavily populated corners of the globe. Yet it is also an insight into a peculiarly unpopulated place, inhabited only by the traces of city dwellers.

The scale of Wolf’s vision alternates between the grand and the intimate, capturing both the striking facades of the buildings themselves and the minute human interventions that mark them.

Wolf’s photographs reflect a deft combination of Western aesthetic formalism and Eastern wabi-sabi. The accompanying texts by Kenneth Baker and Douglas Young explore the choices people make of lifestyle, forms, functions, identity and design, as well as the notion of Hong Kong as a brand.

Michael Wolf studied photography at the North Toronto Collegiate Institute, the University of California, Berkeley, and later at the University of Essen. A Hong Kong resident since 1995, he won a World Press Photo Award in 2005. Kenneth Baker has been the art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1985. His writing has appeared frequently in periodicals including Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews and The Art Newspaper. Douglas Young was born in Hong Kong and trained as an architect in the UK. After briefly practising the profession, he went on to co-found the successful Hong Kong lifestyle brand G.O.D. (Goods of Desire) Ltd.