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'Portrait of Hong Kong 念香港人的舊' by Fan Ho - Blue Lotus Gallery
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Notes on Prints and editions:
Fan Ho first photographs where taken and printed over 60 years ago, photography and printing methods evolved dramatically over time so therefore there are 3 major types of prints available: ‘Original Vintage Prints’, ‘Resin Coated Vintage’ and more recently made ‘archival prints’ in …

Medium
Condition
Primary sale, perfect condition.
Signature
Stamped by artist's estate, Print is stamped by the Fan Ho Estate on the back. Certificate is signed by Rita Ho, wife of the late artist.
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included
Series
Hong Kong Yesterday
Image rights
All rights reserved by Fan Ho Estate and Blue Lotus Gallery.

Fan Ho, nicknamed ‘the great master’ earned his fame as one Asia’s most beloved street photographers capturing Hong Kong in the 50’s and 60’s.

Fan Ho’s photographic career started 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, Fan Ho’s parents moved to Hong Kong where the young Ho Fan continued pursuing his love for photography.

Dubbed the ‘Cartier-Bresson of the East’ Ho Fan had the patience to wait for ‘the decisive moment’; very often a collision of the unexpected, framed against a very clever composed background of geometrical construction and texture. He also liked to create drama and atmosphere with backlit effects or through the combination of smoke and light. His favorite locations were the streets, alleys and markets around dusk when the sun would cast long shades or life on the sea.

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.

Fan Ho 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.

Fan Ho's work is currently exclusively available at Blue Lotus Gallery.

Selected exhibitions
2019
Portrait Of Hong Kong By Fan HoBlue Lotus Gallery
'Portrait of Hong Kong 念香港人的舊' by Fan HoBlue Lotus Gallery
2017
Fan Ho: Visual Dialogues | Hong Kong through the lens of Fan HoBlue Lotus Gallery
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'Approaching Shadow' Hong Kong, 1954

Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper
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15 7/10 × 23 3/5 in
40 × 60 cm
Edition of 30
Contact for price
19 7/10 × 27 3/5 in
50 × 70 cm
Edition of 20
Contact for price
Location
Hong Kong
Certificate
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
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Notes on Prints and editions:
Fan Ho first photographs where taken and printed over 60 years ago, …

Medium
Condition
Primary sale, perfect condition.
Signature
Stamped by artist's estate, Print is stamped by the Fan Ho Estate on the back. Certificate is signed by Rita Ho, wife of the late artist.
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included
Series
Hong Kong Yesterday
Image rights
All rights reserved by Fan Ho Estate and Blue Lotus Gallery.

Fan Ho, nicknamed ‘the great master’ earned his fame as one Asia’s most beloved street photographers capturing Hong Kong in the 50’s and 60’s.

Fan Ho’s photographic career started 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, Fan Ho’s parents moved to Hong Kong where the young Ho Fan continued pursuing his love for photography.

Dubbed the ‘Cartier-Bresson of the East’ Ho Fan had the patience to wait for ‘the decisive moment’; very often a collision of the unexpected, framed against a very clever composed background of geometrical construction and texture. He also liked to create drama and atmosphere with backlit effects or through the combination of smoke and light. His favorite locations were the streets, alleys and markets around dusk when the sun would cast long shades or life on the sea.

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.

Fan Ho 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.

Fan Ho's work is currently exclusively available at Blue Lotus Gallery.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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