On 19 June 2016, Hong Kong photographer and director Fan Ho passed away. Renowned for inimitable, moody photographs of his home city, Ho continued his creative work even after his official retirement, going through his archives and finding new ways to process and present his shots from so long ago. In fact, even while laid up in hospital, he was working on a book that would be the cumulation of a years-long dream.
“He was very attentive to the progress of the book until his very last moments,” says Claudia Siman Ho, Ho’s daughter, during a phone call to her home in California. “We brought things to the hospital for him; he reviewed mockups and discussed photo selections with us.” When Ho succumbed to pneumonia before the book could be completed, his family continued the project in his stead.
The book in question is 'Portrait of Hong Kong', which was published in 2017. It features around 150 of Ho’s street photographs, narrowed down by Claudia, her family, and the rest of the publishing team from 500 selections Ho had made from his archives. Alongside the photography are quotes from the book 'Thoughts on Street Photography', penned by Ho when he was 28. From 22 March to 28 April 2019, Blue Lotus Gallery, which also helped drive the project, will showcase 40 of the photos in an exhibition of the same name.
“[Working on the book] was a healing process for all of us,” shares Claudia. “At that time, we missed him so much and working on the book made us feel connected to him. We shared anecdotes and felt his presence.”
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📷: Market Promenade’, Hong Kong 1950s and 60s. Photo courtesy of @fanhophotography and @bluelotusgallery. ...