Michael Wolf was born in Munich in 1954. He grew up in the United States, Europe and Canada, and studied at UC Berkeley and at the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany. He moved to Hong Kong in 1995 for a period of intensive study of Chinese cultural identity and the complexities of Chinese urban architecture.
Michael Wolf has published five photobooks on China: China im Wandel (Frederking und Thaler, 2001,) Sitting in China (Steidl, 2002,) Chinese Propaganda Posters (Taschen, 2003,) Hong Kong Front Door Back Door (2005,) and Hong Kong Inside Outside (Peperoni Press/Asia One Publishing, 2009.) Wolf's work has been exhibited extensively in galleries and at art fairs throughout the world since 2005, including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in 2006, at the Museum Centre Vapriikki in Tampere, Finland, in 2007 and most recently at the Aperture Gallery in New York in January 2010.