Award-wining photographer HO Fan's (何藩) work captions a Hong Kong that is now all but forgotten. In 2010, HO Fan evisited negatives taken during the 50’s and 60’s in Hong. His photos display a fascination with urban life, explored alleys, slums, markets and streets.
HO Fan (b. 1931) enjoyed three distinctive careers, as award-winning photographer, Shaw Brothers' star and Director. Before joining Shaw Brothers in 1961, his photographs had attracted attention in international competitions. Fan Ho has won 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956. Ho’s works can be seen and have been published in many International Photographic Annuals all over the world. Ho has written five books, one of them containing all his award-winning prints that are currently part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
Before long, Ho Fan moved in front of the cameras, most notably as the monk in Shaw Brothers' lusty four-part adaptation of the classic novel ''Journey to the West'', including ''The Monkey Goes West'', ''Princess Iron Fan'' (1966), ''Cave of the Silken Web'' and ''The Land of Many Perfumes''. Ho became a full-time director after leaving Shaw Brothers in 1969, making a name in the erotic field with his experimental film ''Mi'' (1970), which was screened at the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals and the commercial feature ''Adventure in Denmark'' (1973). Ho Fan's ''Temptation Summary'' (1990) was the first 'Category III' picture to surpass HK$10 million ad the box office.
It is this diverse cultural background that makes HO Fan's creative style so unique, full of lyrical beauty, dramatic power, and poetic grandeur.