Fan Ho was born in Shanghai in 1931, but immigrated with his family to Hong Kong at an early age. Ho began photographing at a very young age with a Rolleiflex camera his father gave him. Largely self-taught, his photos display a fascination with urban life, explored alleys, slums, markets and streets, depicting 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 60s as it was becoming a major metropolitan center.
“… I’ve always believed that any work of art should stem from genuine feelings and understandings … I didn’t work with any sense of purpose. As an artist, I was only looking to express myself. I did it to share my feelings with the audience. I need to be touched emotionally to come up with meaningful works. When the work resonates with the audience, it’s a satisfaction that money can’t buy. My purpose is simple: I try not to waste my audience’s time.” — Fan Ho, 2014 interview with Edmund Lee
Ho was a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America, the Royal Photographic Society and the Royal Society of Arts in England, and an Honorary Member of the Photographic Societies of Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy and Belgium. Ho was named one of the “Top Ten Photographers of the World” by the Photographic Society of America between 1958 and 1965.
(Photos Taken by Fan Ho)