Michael Wolf (Tokyo Compression)

I came across the work of Michael Wolf, a German artist and photographer and saw these powerful portraits of travel on the Tokyo Subway.  Wolf presents portraits of Japanese people inside crowded Tokyo subway trains who had been pressed against a window.  Some people covered their eyes and tried to hide their faces when they saw Wolf’s lens but they had nowhere to escape.  Looking at those fatigue faces gave me the feeling of suffocation!

Thinking of how Wolf took these photographs makes you think of morality, is it ok to take a picture of a stranger knowing they are not happy about it??  One can sense the discomfort of the victims in the photographs below:

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Source: Michael Wolf


Bibliography / References:

Clayton Projects. Tokyo Compression: Michael Wolf [online]. Available from: http://www.claxtonprojects.com/books/jitka-hanzlova/#!books/michael-wolf/ [Accessed 3 August, 2016].