Ho Fan’s street photography 1950s
HF: Ho Fan’s extraordinary black and white photographs appeared in a SCMP article, Street Life: Hong Kong in the 1950s as seen through a teenage photographer’s lens, published 10th August 2014.
Ho Fan was born in Shanghai in 1937 where he started to take photographs when he was very young. He says the first thing he shot was the Bund taken with a Brownie, a “very simple, old-fashioned camera”.
He immigrated with his family to Hong Kong at an early age and began photographing with a Rolleiflex camera his father gave him. Largely self-taught, his photos display a fascination with urban life, exploring alleys, slums, markets and streets, depicting street vendors and children only a few years younger than himself. He developed his images in the family bathtub and soon had built up a significant body of work, chronicling Hong Kong in the 50s and 60s as it was becoming a major metropolitan center.
In this small collection in the SCMP article are photos of rickshaws and bamboo scaffolding. We have articles on both subjects – see below.
- Street Life: Hong Kong in the 1950s as seen through a teenage photographer’s lens
- Ho Fan, celebrated 1950s Hong Kong street photographer, dies in California on 19th June 2016 aged 84
- Fan Ho’s website http://www.fanhophotography.com/index.html
- A HK magazine article 1st Nov 2012 http://hk-magazine.com/city-living/article/ho-fan
Related Indhhk articles:
- The Economics of the Tricycle Industry in Hong Kong
- The Economics of the Tricycle Industry in Hong Kong – Part Two
- Rickshaw Makers’ Stores
- The Hong Kong Rickshaw over Time
- Bamboo Scaffolding
- Bamboo Scaffolding – Dan Water’s photo gallery