Blue Lotus Gallery is offering a chance to see the best of Fan Ho’s internationally renowned photography of old Hong Kong.

Fan Ho ‘As Evening Hurries By’ Hong Kong 1955. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

The exhibition and an accompanying publication – titled “Photography. My Passion. My Life.” – includes previously unreleased material, as well as details from Ho about his stylistic approach and influences.

Fan Ho ‘Street Scene’, Hong Kong 1956. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

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“Through his essay, we learn about his interpretations of aesthetics, poetics, philosophy and synergy, as seen in his photographs,” Blue Lotus Gallery said.

Fan Ho – ‘Approaching Shadow’, Hong Kong 1954. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

Ho began photography at the age of 14 with his father’s Kodak Brownie camera. In 1949, he moved to Hong Kong with his parents, where he began working in the film industry and became a director until his retirement age 65.

Fan Ho – ‘The Omen’, Hong Kong 1964.Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

Throughout his lifetime, he taught photography and film-making at various universities worldwide.

Fan Ho – ‘On the Stage of Life’, Hong Kong 1954. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

He received almost 300 accolades for his work throughout his lifetime.

Fan Ho- ‘Private’, Hong Kong 1960. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

Ho’s works remain in private and public collections, most notably, in that of M+ Museum in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and Bibliotèque National de France.

Fan Ho – ‘Boat Women’, Hong Kong 1960. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

Ho died in 2016 aged 84. Ahead of the new exhibition, his family said:

Fan Ho will always have a special place in our hearts, and we feel closer to him through the lasting legacy of his work. We know we will continue to discover something refreshing every time we look at his unforgettable images, be they portrayals of a bygone era or of the endurance of the human spirit.

Fan Ho – ‘Boat Women’, Hong Kong 1960. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.
Fan Ho – ‘Burden’, Hong Kong 1958. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.
Fan Ho – ‘Tofu Delivery’, Hong Kong 1961. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.
Fan Ho – ‘A Sail’, Hong Kong 1957. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery.

Preview: November 18th (Friday) at 5-8pm.
Exhibition: 18 November – 18 December 2022. Free entry. Event details.
Venue: Blue Lotus Gallery, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
Opening hours: Tue–Sun, 11am–6pm, closed on public holidays.

Visit Fan Ho’s website for more photos, or his page on Blue Lotus Gallery.

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