Michael Wolf was born in Munich, Germany, and grew up in the US where he graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He also studied photography under the tutorship of Professor Otto Steinert in the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany. He has worked as a photographer and author in China for ten years, and has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1994. The Transparent City, like many cities in the world, Chicago has implemented many forward-looking architectural projects in recent years in an attempt to incorporate new architecture into the old urban fabric. Chicago's cityscape gives the artist a unique photographic perspective. Michael Wolf has chosen to photograph in the city centre and focuses on such issues as voyeurism and transformations of the modern cityscape. He deforms, denaturalizes, and dramatically magnifies the images with digital technologies, and uses telephoto zoom lenses to photograph surreptitiously the life of modern city dwellers.