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A Hong Kong Memoir

Photography by Ho Fan

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Published by Asia One Books and Modernbook Editions
Photography by: Ho Fan
November 2014
237 x 275mm
1.20 kg
128 pages




A Hong Kong Memoir completes the trilogy Fan Ho began with Hong Kong Yesterday and The Living Theatre. In his previous monographs, viewers were introduced to Hong Kong during the 1950s and 1960s. Through his brilliant eye for light, composition, and his patience for the ‘decisive moment,’ Mr. Ho created striking images that continue to resonate through the decades. A Hong Kong Memoir revisits this lost era with a combination of never before seen images and introduces new-montaged photographs.


About Ho Fan

Ho Fan, born in Shanghai in 1931, started his photographic career in Shanghai at the early age of 14 when given his first twin lens Rolleiflex for his birthday from his father. Within the first year he won his first award. In 1949, at the age of 18, when Communism entered China, Ho Fan’s parents moved to Hong Kong where the young Ho Fan continued pursuing his love for photography.

Ho Fan was most prolific in his teens and 20’s and created his biggest body of work before he reached the tender age of 28. His work didn’t go by unnoticed at his time. He won close to 300 local and international awards and titles in his day through competing in the salons. His talent was also spotted by the film industry where he started out as an actor before moving to film directing until retiring at 75.

What made his work so intensely human is his love for the common Hong Kong people; coolies, vendors, hawkers selling fruits and vegetables, kids playing in the street or doing their homework, people crossing the street… As per Mr. Ho; ‘I love Hong Kong and I love Hong Kong people’. He never intended to create a historic record of the city’s buildings and monuments; rather he aimed to capture the soul of Hong Kong; the hardship and resilience of its citizens.

Ho Fan is a Fellow of the Photographic Society and the Royal Society of Arts in England, and an Honorary Member of the Photographic societies of Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy and Belgium. His work is in many private and public collection of which most notable are: M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Bibliothèque National de France (Paris, France), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Santa Barbara, USA) Museum of Art (USA), The Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).