‘A HONG KONG MEMOIR’, a collection of photogrpher Ho Fan will be exhibited in Hong Kong from October 2014 to January 2015
HO FAN 何藩
‘A HONG KONG MEMOIR’
AT AO VERTICAL ART SPACE
31 OCTOBER 2014 – 31 JANUARY 2015
Ho Fan, a Hong Kong Memoir, ‘Forget-Me-Not’, Hong Kong 1949/2012
今年秋天，摄影大师何藩将在AO Vertical Art Space举办第二次个展—香港回忆录。
何藩现在已是八十高龄的老者。过去几年他一直在一项从事全新的工作，其成果将在这次个展中展示，并被收录在由Modernbook (US)和Asia One (HK)联合出版的摄影集《何藩：香港回忆录》中。
新作品用极其原始的方式为我们呈现了旧香港的风貌。旧胶片叠加形成的照片何藩 Ho Fan 被赋予了超现实感。而弥漫在旧作中的抽象理念再次被推向新的高度。在新书全球首发之际，何老十年来第一次回到香港—这片他最挚爱的热土。Modernbook美术馆将同时在洛杉矶举办类似的展览。
▼《香港回忆录》—勿忘我 (a HK Memoir) Forget Me Not 1948_2012
About the exhibition:
This fall Ho Fan is returning to AO Vertical Art Space (www.aovertical.com) for a second major solo exhibition: ‘A Hong Kong Memoir’.Ho Fan, now in his eighties is not the type to sit still. Over the last few years he has been working on a completely new body of work, which is thefocus of the upcoming exhibition and bundled in a book: ‘a Hong Kong Memoir’ co-published by Modernbook (US) and Asia One (HK).
His new work reflects on old Hong Kong in a highly original way. By overlapping and superimposing old negatives Mr Ho’s imagery achieves a surreal aspect. The notion of abstraction, already prevalent in his older work is pushed to a whole new level. For the occasion of the worldwide premier launch of his latest book project, Mr Ho is intending to come back to his favorite place on earth, for the first time in 10 years: Hong Kong. Modernbook Gallery will host a similar exhibition simultaneously in San Francisco.
(left) (a HK Memoir) Hong Kong Venice, 1962_2011; (middle) (a HK Memoir) Old Street Kaleidoscope, 1955_2011; (right) (HK Yesterday), His Dream, 1964
▼《昨日香港》—一天结束了 (HK Yesterday) A day is done, 1957
Ho Fan, nicknamed ‘the great master’ earned his fame as one Asia’s most beloved street photographers capturing Hong Kong in the 50’s and 60’s.Ho Fan, born in Shanghai in 1931, started his photographic career in Shanghai at the early age of 14 when given his first twin lens Rolleiflex for hisbirthday from his father. Within the first year he won his first award. In 1949, at the age of 18, when Communism entered China, Ho Fan’s parents moved to Hong Kong where the young Ho Fan continued pursuing his love for photography.
Dubbed the ‘Cartier-Bresson of the East’ Ho Fan had the patience to wait for ‘the decisive moment’; very often a collision of the unexpected, framed against a very clever composed background of geometrical construction and texture. He also liked to create drama and atmosphere with backlit effects or through the combination of smoke and light. His favorite locations were life on the sea or the streets, alleys and markets around dusk when the sun would cast long shades.
What made his work so intensely human is his love for the common Hong Kong people; coolies, vendors, hawkers selling fruits and vegetables, kids playing in the street or doing their homework, people crossing the street… As per Mr Ho; ‘I love Hong Kong and I love Hong Kong people’’ He never intended to create a historic record of the city’s buildings and monuments; rather he aimed to capture the soul of Hong Kong; the hardship and resilience of its citizens.
Ho Fan was most prolific in his teens and 20’s and created his biggest body of work before he reached the tender age of 28. His work didn’t go by unnoticed at his time. He won close to 300 local and international awards and titles in his day through competing in the salons. His talent was also spotted by the film industry where he started out as an actor before moving to film directing until retiring at 75.
Ho Fan is a Fellow of the 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. During his long career he has taught photography and film making at a dozen universities worldwide. His work is in many private and public collection of which most notable are: M+ Museum, Hong Kong, Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, Bibliothèque National de France, Paris, France, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA, The
Cleveland Museum of Art, USA.
About the book:
Fan Ho: ‘A Hong Kong Memoir’
This new book completes the trilogy Fan Ho began with Hong Kong Yesterday and The Living Theatre. In his previous monographs, viewers were introduced to Hong Kong during the 1950s and 1960s. Through his brilliant eye for light, composition, and his patience for the ‘decisive moment,’ Mr. Ho created striking images that continue to resonate through the decades. Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir revisits this lost era with a combination of never before seen images and introduces new-montaged photographs.
First Edition Book (9.5 x11 inches), 128 pages, 101 dual-color plates
▼《昨日香港》—异向 (HK Yesterday) Different Directions, 1958
Exhibition Dates: 31 October 2014 – 31 January 2015
Location: AO Vertical Art Space, 1-13/F Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan
30/10/2014 press preview (all day)
31/10/2014 opening reception (public event)
(sh november, tbc) book launch and talk in presence of the artist
(sh November, tbc) VIP fundraising dinner for HKIPF with Ho Fan