Fan Ho (1931 – 2016)

Have learned that the photography world has lost a true master: Fan Ho. Born in Shanghai in 1931, he first delved into photography at the age of 14, when his father gave him a Rolleiflex twin-lens camera. After moving to Hong Kong in 1949, he began taking photographs of the streets and alleys of old Central Hong Kong, and of other markets and street stalls in the Hong Kong of the time. His creative output in the 1950s and 1960s included what are now recognized as some of Hong Kong’s most iconic photographic images. Between 1958 and 1965, he was eight times named one of the Top Ten Photographers of the World by the Photographic Society of America. (Taken from The Story of Fan Ho.)

Her Study, 1963
“Her Study” by Fan Ho (1963)

I highly recommend his book Hong Kong Yesterday, which was the first in a trilogy of titles that also includes The Living Theatre and Hong Kong Memoir. All titles are available through modernbook.

A good sampling of his work can be found here:


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