Fan Ho’s Life
Fan Ho was born in Shanghai in 1931, and emigrated with his family to Hong Kong in 1949. At the outbreak of war in 1941, Ho’s parents were stranded in Macau for several years and Ho was left in the care of a family servant. Ho began photographing at a very young age with a Brownie which his father had left at home, and later with a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera his father gave him at the age of 14. Largely self-taught, his photos display a fascination with urban life, explored alleys, slums, markets and streets. Much of his work consists of candid photographs of the 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 1950s and 1960s as it was becoming a major metropolitan centre. Ho would use the same Rolleiflex K4A throughout his career.
Upon seeing Ho’s work for the first time in 2006, gallery owner Laurence Miller commented that “[they] felt like direct descendants of the Bauhaus, yet they were made in Hong Kong. They were abstract and humanistic at the same time.”
“Approaching Shadow”, 1954
“Approaching Shadow” (Chinese: 陰影) was one of Ho’s most famous works. He asked a cousin to pose by a wall at Queen’s College in Causeway Bay and added a diagonal shadow in the darkroom to symbolize that “her youth will fade away” since “everyone has the same destiny”.
A print of “Approaching Shadow” sold for a record HK$375,000 in 2015.
Fan Hos’ Awards
As an award-wining photographer Fan Ho won nearly 300 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide between 1950’s and 1960’s (a span of 20 years). Ho was elected Fellow of the Photographic Society of America, Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, England; Honorary Member of the Photographic Societies of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and etc, and honored with many One-Man-Shows in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Fan Ho was invited by 12 Universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong as “Visiting Professor, ” teaching the art of film-making and photography. He written five books, one of them containing all his award-winning prints that is currently a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir is his latest book published by Modernbook Editions. Further, Fan Ho was an accomplished and acclaimed Hong Kong film director. He won the “Best Film Award” in Banbury International Film Festival in England. Three of his films was received the “Official Selection” of the International Film Festivals of Cannes, Berlin and San Francisco; and five of his films was selected in the “Permanent Collection” of the National Film Archives of Taiwan and Hong Kong. He was also a judge of the Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival and Hong Kong Oscar Film Award. These diverse cultural backgrounds made Fan Ho’s creative style so unique, full of lyrical beauty, dramatic power, and poetic grandeur. Ho died in June 2016 in San Jose, California where he resided with his family.
In 2012, Fan Ho was rated one of the Most Infuential Asian Photographers by Invisible Photographer, Asia
In 2014, received the Life-Time achievement award by 2nd Global Chinese International Photography.
Since Fan Ho past away in 2016, there have been two collections available.
Are images taken during 1950’s–60’s and printed during the 50’s–70’s. During this time Fan Ho was a one man working studio. He would photograph late afternoon, process and print his film at night and do it all over the next day. Giving a sense of history, some of the images have awards stamped on the back from competitions he entered. No edition, unique pieces.
Limited Edition Photographs:
Are photographs printed under Fan Ho’s supervision and a selection is available here below. All the pictures were signed by Fan Ho and no other prints other than these sizes have been made. The year mentioned when the pictures were taken. When you see 2 dates for the years, it is a composite picture; the first one is the year of the negatives, the second one is the year that the composite was done. The editions below are offered unframed.
↑ “Lost in central “| Edition of 15 | 1958/2010 | 16x 20 in (40,6 x 50.8 cm) | Price 2,150 US$ shipping incl.
↑ “In Daddy’s Arms “| Edition of 15 | 1966 | 16x 20 in (40,6 x 50.8 cm) | Price 2,150 US$ shipping incl.
↑ “Life Goes On “| Edition of 15 | 1966/2010 | 16 x 20 in (40,6 x 50.8 cm) | Price 2,150 US$ shipping incl.
→ “In a Chinese Street “| Edition of 25 | 1959 | 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.5 cm) | Price 1,350 US$ shipping incl.
↑ “A Sail “| Edition of 25 | 1957 | 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.5 cm) | Price 1,950 US$ shipping incl.
↑ “East Meets West”| Edition of 25 | 1963 | 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.5 cm) | Price 2,150 US$ shipping incl.
↑ ” Dream Boat “| Edition of 15 | 1960 | 16 x 20 in (40.6 x 50.8 cm) | Price 2,150 US$ shipping incl.
↑ “School is Over “| Edition of 25 | 1961 | 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.5 cm) | Price 1,950 US$ shipping incl.
↑ “Two by Two “| Edition of 25 | 1963 | 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.5 cm) | Price 1,350 US$ shipping incl..
↑ “Little Woman “| Edition of 25 | 1961 | 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.5 cm) | Price 1,350 US$ shipping incl.