Considered by many to be the best photographer who ever lived, Fan Ho documented daily life of ordinary people in Hong Kong that express both a highly attuned technical gift as well as a deep humanity.
In the dark alleyways and bustling markets of Hong Kong, Fan Ho captures intimate moments of people, lost in the detail of their everyday lives. Given a camera, a classic Rolleiflex 3.5 A (type K4A) by his father when he was young, Fan Ho spent his days exploring the winding streets and docks of Hong Kong looking for the unguarded moment when people, lost in their thoughts, let down their guard to allow the briefest glimpse of their true selves to appear.
While this collection of Fan Ho’s work on FDL, the photographs loosely follow a food theme, documenting hawker stalls and market workers it’s impossible to pigeon hole the photographer’s work. Fan Ho’s photography is truly universal, finding the the truth in the intimate, humanity in everyone and every moment he captured.
The Blue Lotus Gallery hosts an exhibition of Fan Ho’s work from March 21nd until April 14th 2019, with prints on sale.
As his final act before his death at 84 in 2017, Fan Ho selected about 500 hundred negatives form his prolific early photographic period. The exhibition is formed from this selection and captures the essence of Fan Ho the man as well as the photographer. His more experimental stylised photographs do not feature and thus the collection is a pared back, gentler portrait of Hong Kong.
A book that accompanies the exhibition was published by Hong Kong’s WE PRESS in June 2017, was awarded ‘Best Book of the Year’ by the HK Federation of Book Publishers in the 11th Hong Kong Book Prize Competition (2018) and is available at the exhibition but also online.
Market Promenade – Hong Kong 1950s and 60s, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Gossip – Hong Kong 1950s and 60s, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Dancing Canopies – Hong Kong 1950s and 60s, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
The Young Punter – Hong Kong 1950s and 60s, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Thriving Market – Hong Kong 1950s and 60s, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Mom’s Second Kitchen – Hong Kong 1950s and 60s, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery