Fan Ho: Hong Kong yesterday 1950s-1960s
Exhibition at Modernbook Gallery, Hong Kong
Famed self-taught photographer, film director, and actor Fan Ho received his first camera, a Rolleiflex, from his father when he was thirteen years old. Ho, well known for chronicling Hong Kong during the 1950s–60s while it emerged into a major metropolitan center, was born in 1932 in Shanghai.
He immigrated with his parents to Hong Kong when he was eighteen. Stricken by severe migraine headaches while a student at St. Paul’s College (now St. Paul’s Co-ed College), Ho discovered that the only cure for his pain was breathing fresh air while walking the streets of Hong Kong. To alleviate his boredom, he took photographs. Captivated by Hong Kong’s daily drama of crowded marketplaces, robust street life, and hidden alleyways, Ho found that photography not only relieved his headaches but was also a potent medium for his artistic vision. Read the full text
Fan Ho: finding love and light in 1950s Hong Kong – in pictures
Mee-Lai Ston, The Guardian, August 20, 2014
Nicknamed ‘the great master’, Fan Ho is one of Asia’s most beloved street photographers, capturing the spirit of Hong Kong in the 1950s and 60s. His work shows a love of people combined with unexpected, geometric constructions and a sense of drama heightened by use of smoke and light1
Fan Ho’s Fantastic Black-and-White Street Photographs of 1950s Hong Kong
Gannon Burgett, PetaPixel, August 25, 2014
Photographer Ho Fan has been shooting black and white street photography since the 1950s. At the time, he was living in the poor, rundown Central neighborhood of Hong Kong. The streets, filled with food and trinket vendors, captured the recent Shanghai transplant’s attention. It was with this fascination that Fan took his camera to the streets, documenting the intriguing life around him.