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December 1, 2008
Aperture/Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, November 2008
Big cities can sometimes seem like immense visual abstractions.The jam-packed juxtapositions of diverse styles of architecture — all compressed into dense overlapping vertical spaces — can be seen as things of rare man-made beauty.
These soaring glass-walled environments also invite a sometimes perverse delight in voyeurism. Michael Wolf’s brilliant new photobook, The Transparent City, captures both of these aspects nearly perfectly in his recent photographic study of downtown Chicago.
Someone described this work as “Hopper meets Blade Runner,” and I might add a third reference: Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
See more photos, and read the entire photobook review here in Lens Culture.