Fan Ho: “A Hong Kong Memoir” — Hong Kong in the 1950s as Captured by a Teenager

I recently happened upon this man’s wonderful body of work. Lovely photos from the past, of a 1950s Hong Kong as seen through the eyes of a young Ho Fan (78), who is today a celebrated Chinese photographer. Within each image permeates a quality of depth and atmosphere which is of such a richness, I find them altogether inspiring, and a little melancholy.

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Simply gorgeous pictures. I tried but couldn’t bring myself to minimize them into a gallery view. I am aware this could change, but this one would have to be my favourite:



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These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager, Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in 1949. The streets, filled with vendors, coolies and rickshaw drivers, fascinated Ho. Taking pictures in a studio was the norm then, but Ho was more interested in random, candid shots of real people going about their day. His subjects did not always smile into the lens of his Rolleiflex, which all the more added to his great street photography and a peek into daily life in Hong Kong at that time. The photography is part of his book “A Hong Kong Memoir

~ by Fionnlagh on February 27, 2016.

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