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Sitting In China
     

Sitting In China

by Michael Wolf (Photographer)
 
They are not elegant, nor are they always comfortable. But neither are they mass-produced: they are individual. In China, the objects used for sitting are as manifold as the occasions for sitting. Each chair and stool has its own character, is a companion, a bastard, or a venerable elder. Their occupants sit close to the floor, introspective, watching the world go

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They are not elegant, nor are they always comfortable. But neither are they mass-produced: they are individual. In China, the objects used for sitting are as manifold as the occasions for sitting. Each chair and stool has its own character, is a companion, a bastard, or a venerable elder. Their occupants sit close to the floor, introspective, watching the world go by, without the pressure of time. But a photographer trying to document such a scene quickly becomes the focus of attention: people passing by wonder what is going on; the person on the chair assumes a pose, though the intent was to catch him or her unawares. Michael Wolf's photographs document the beauty of the ugly, the stretching of time, the art of improvisation, and the nature of the stool as a portrait of its user. Sometimes, a photographed chair was immediately confiscated by its owner: having lost its anonymity by being singled out as a photographically noteworthy object, it became an object of embarrassment, too shoddy to come once again into the camera's viewfinder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783882436709
Publisher:
Steidl, Gerhard Druckerei und Verlag
Publication date:
10/30/2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Michael Wolf was born in Munich in 1954. From 1955 until 1973 he lived in the USA but quit his studies at the University of California in Berkeley to study photography at the Folkwangschule Essen with Otto Steinert. He then worked as a freelance photographer for various magazines and companies. In 1995 he moved to Hong Kong as contract photographer for Asia. At present he is working on long-term projects of his own.

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