Photographer Profile ~ Fan Ho

Award-wining photographer Fan Ho has won 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956.

Fan Ho was born in Shanghai in 1937, 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 50s and 60s as it was becoming a major metropolitan center.

Upon seeing Ho Fan'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."

Ho Fan is 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.[via wiki]

In July 2009, Modernbook Gallery hosted a special artist talk with Fan Ho, a discussion led by Professor of Art and Design in the photography program at San Jose State University, Brian Taylor. Fan Ho discusses his history and philosophy regarding image making.
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