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Simon Evans

Fan Ho - Hong Kong street Photographs from the 1950's

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I have just stumbled (literally, using the app "stumble upon") across this photographer and felt that I had to share these photos. Fan ho is, or was before he retired, a Chinese film director and actor; however back in the 1949 he had just arrived in Hong Kong from Shanghai aged 15. The photos on these pages are stunning, I visited Hong Kong many times during my time in the Navy but these photos are like a different world to the Hong Kong of today. take a look http://www.wherecoolthingshappen.com/hong-kong-in-the-1950s-captured-by-a-teenager/

 

I have found an interview with the photographer from 2013 here with more stunning photographs http://leicaliker.com/2013/01/11/fan-ho-hong-kong-master-street-photographer-1/

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Thanks for posting Simon.

 

Wow! Fan Ho is a Street Genius.

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Wow !! thanks for posting Simon. Spectacular street photographs. What a great site.

 
I notice Fan Ho is a retired film director and actor. Stanley Kubrick, the famous American film director, started out as a still photojournalist for Look magazine. Must be a connection there.
 
Good advice for all photographers from Fan Ho: “I feel technique is not too important. It’s more important to use your eyes, mind and heart. Technique is something everyone can do. If you want to take your photography to a higher level, you must tell something. Move something. You must feel it when you make the photograph and that will take you to a higher level. Photography needs to be haunting and worth remembering.”

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Fascinating! Thanks, Simon. 

 

I wonder if there is anyone else in the forum old enough to remember seeing the original rickshaws in Hong Kong? I mean the ones pulled by a man, as in Fan Ho's images, not pedicabs. They were still being used in the early '70s. 

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I don't remember rickshaws, but I do remember the early 70's (sort of). I guess you could say that rickshaws were the Uber of their day.

 

Love the HK pics and the interview. Thanks.

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Thanks for sharing that Simon - simply amazing.

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Fascinating! Thanks, Simon. 

 

I wonder if there is anyone else in the forum old enough to remember seeing the original rickshaws in Hong Kong? I mean the ones pulled by a man, as in Fan Ho's images, not pedicabs. They were still being used in the early '70s.

 

Not HK but they still use them here albeit mainly as a tourist attraction

 

http://www.alamy.com/search/imageresults.aspx?qt=Rickshaw%20pattaya&imgt=0

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