Silvio Wolf

Icons of Light

For Silvio Wolf, photography is a way to explore abstraction and the physical limits of image-making. It’s about deciphering “the real” – visually and symbolically. His conceptually-driven work weaves in and out of representation and nondisclosure, conveying issues of limit, absence and threshold. In the Horizons series, for example, he used unexposed film leaders as self-generated writings of light. Elsewhere, in Icons of Light, he photographed paintings at an angle such that the very light generating the image destroyed the pictorial one. Wolf is a multimedia artist who works as a Professor of Photography at the European Institute of Design, Milan, and at the School of Visual Arts, New York.