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Crowded Hong Kong Apartments by Michael Wolf

  • Known for his series “Architecture of Density” that depicts the brutalist, compact apartments of Hong Kong, photojournalist Michael Wolf takes a more humanist approach to portraying the desperate, and often abhorrent, housing situation. Furthering the protests from the Society for Community Organization, the series of aerial snapshots of the interiors of Hong Kong apartments depict difficult juxtapositions. A man eats his dinner only a few feet away from the peeling paint on the apartment wall, while two siblings share a bed surrounded by shelves stuffed with shoes, boxes, and their life belongings. The aerial perspective is not just an artistic choice; it is a necessary one for lack of space, which is far too expensive per square foot for those living in poverty. Wolf’s continued choice to position himself as an outsider in his role as a documentarian highlights the cramped quarters, and draws attention to cry for proper government response.

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    Kimberly ABOUT KIMBERLY LI - Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion. She delights in various design projects, featured on her website "unkliched".
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