Ho Fan’s Hong Kong street photography 1950s and 1960s
Ho Fan’s 何藩, extraordinary black and white photographs have appeared in several SCMP articles, linked below.
He 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.
His photographs included many with an industrial connection including two favourite subjects rickshaws and bamboo scaffolding.
Ho Fan died in San Jose, California, on 19 June 2016 at the age of 84.
This article was first posted on 15th August 2014. Updated 25th June 2017.
- How Fan Ho, Hong Kong’s poet with a camera, found his calling – in his own words SCMP 20th June 2017
- Photographer Fan Ho’s never-before-seen Hong Kong images on show in exhibition and new book SCMP 1st June 2017
- Ho Fan: In Memory of Hong Kong’s Iconic Photographer SCMP 1st November 2012, updated 19th October 2016
- Ho Fan, celebrated 1950s Hong Kong street photographer, dies in California SCMP 22nd June 2016
- Street life: Hong Kong in the 1950s as seen through a teenage photographer’s lens SCMP 10th August 2014, updated 26th November 2014
- Fan Ho’s website http://www.fanhophotography.com/index.html
- Fan Ho: finding love and light in 1950s Hong Kong – in pictures The Guardian 20th August 2014
- A HK magazine article 1st Nov 2012 http://hk-magazine.com/city-living/article/ho-fan
- Fan Ho – wikipedia
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