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"Architecture of Density": A Study of Megacity Living in Hong Kong

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A photographer's studies of Hong Kong's dense apartment blocks come to a London gallery.
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  Michael Wolf began photographing Hong Kong's apartment blocks after moving there in 1994. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

    Michael Wolf began photographing Hong Kong's apartment blocks after moving there in 1994. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

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  From a distance, the buildings resemble geometric patterns. However, close inspection reveals laundry, mops and other signs of domestic life. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

    From a distance, the buildings resemble geometric patterns. However, close inspection reveals laundry, mops and other signs of domestic life. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

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  An exterior detail shows a jumble of air-conditioning units. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

    An exterior detail shows a jumble of air-conditioning units. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

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  Cropping the sky and horizons out of the images gives the buildings the illusion of what Wolf calls “unlimited size”—the possibility that they could be more than 100 stories tall, and perhaps a mile or more long. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

    Cropping the sky and horizons out of the images gives the buildings the illusion of what Wolf calls “unlimited size”—the possibility that they could be more than 100 stories tall, and perhaps a mile or more long. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

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  Another detail, this one of rubber gloves hung out to dry. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

    Another detail, this one of rubber gloves hung out to dry. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

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  Another detail from Wolf's "Architecture of Density" study. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

    Another detail from Wolf's "Architecture of Density" study. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

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  Wolf exhibits large prints that are either 48 by 64 inches or 70 by 90 inches, emphasizing the immense scale of the buildings. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

    Wolf exhibits large prints that are either 48 by 64 inches or 70 by 90 inches, emphasizing the immense scale of the buildings. Photo by Michael Wolf, courtesy of the Flowers Gallery.

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