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Tokyo Compression

Tokyo Compression” (2009-2010) is a further study by photographer Michael Wolf of the adversity and adaptability of the human spirit and psyche amidst the quintessential urban environment: the subway system. Depicting the literal and metaphorical "compression" of our ever-expanding modern, urban habitat, Wolf captures commuters both subliming and succumbing to the physical and mental reduction of space and privacy in the most public of social equalizers, the metro system. The powerful and visceral nature of the photographs reflects both a transcendence of the subject’s immediate environment or hardship as well as our tendency to be utterly overwhelmed by what surrounds us. Wolf’s “Tokyo Compression” series the same year won 1st prize in the World Press Photo Awards Daily Life category.