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Wolf, Michael (Photographer); Egan, Natasha & Manaugh, Geoff (Contributors). THE TRANSPARENT CITY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL WOLF. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. Fine/Fine.

The photographer's breakthrough third collection. One of Michael Wolf's finest achievements. 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 rare. 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. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the spine, as issued. Presents Michael Wolf's "The Transparent City". The culmination of the brilliant Chicago Project undertaken by the photographer. Raised and educated in the United States, Wolf divided his time between Europe and Hong Kong, where he was 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 never losing any of its locale-specificity. Still, most Chicago residents will probably not 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 the very same voyeurism high-rises inescapably afford, as unknowing subjects are captured in their private offices and bedrooms. An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Wolf collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 60 color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 1597110760. $150.00

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