‘A Hong Kong Memoir’ / Ho Fan 何藩

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摄影大师何藩的作品香港回忆录于2014年10月—2015年1月在香港展出
‘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
何藩,香港回忆录,“勿忘我”,香港1949/2012

 

关于展览:
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

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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.

▼(左)《香港回忆录》—香港威尼斯,1962_2011;(中)《香港回忆录》—老街万花筒,1955_2011;(右)《昨日香港》—他的梦,1964;
(left) (a HK Memoir) Hong Kong Venice, 1962_2011; (middle) (a HK Memoir) Old Street Kaleidoscope, 1955_2011; (right) (HK Yesterday), His Dream, 1964

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何藩因拍摄五、六十年代的香港而闻名,成为亚洲最受喜爱的街头摄影师之一。

何藩1931年出生于中国上海,14岁时父亲送给他的第一个双镜头Brownie 相机开启了他的摄影生涯。1949年,18岁的何藩跟随父母移居香港,并继续追随摄影之梦。

何藩被誉为“东方的卡蒂埃•布列松”。拍摄中,他以极大的耐心等待“最佳时机”。在其摄影作品中,几何构图和线条精心组成的背景与人物形象不期而遇。他还喜欢采用背光效果或结合烟雾、光线来营造戏剧感和氛围。海上或街头以及在太阳长长斜影照射下的灰尘弥漫的巷道和市场是他最喜欢的取景点。

何老对香港民生的热爱让他的摄影作品充满了人文气息,在照片中,我们可以看到苦力、商贩、卖水果蔬菜的摊贩、在街头玩耍或正在做作业的孩童、过马路的路人……正如何老自己所说:“我爱香港,我爱香港的人们。”他从没想过记录香港的建筑和纪念物,而是努力地去抓取香港的灵魂、记录香港人民的苦难和乐观。

青少年时代至28岁之前是何藩最高产的时期。当时,其作品受到了广泛关注,共赢得大约300项地区性及国际性大奖。他的艺术天赋在电影产业中也开始崭露头角,参演了多部影片,后来转做导演直至75岁退休。

何藩是英国皇家艺术协会和摄影协会会员,新加坡、阿根廷、巴西、德国、法国、意大利和比利时摄影协会荣誉会员。在何老漫长的职业生涯中曾在全世界的十多所大学内教授摄影和电影制作课程。其作品被私人或公共机构收藏,其中最著名的有:香港M+博物馆、香港文化博物馆、法国国家图书馆、旧金山现代艺术博物馆、美国圣巴巴拉艺术博物馆、美国克利夫兰艺术博物馆。

▼《昨日香港》—一天结束了 (HK Yesterday) A day is done, 1957

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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.

▼ 《昨日香港》- 工作  (HK Yesterday) Woks, 1964
 
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关于摄影集:
《何藩:香港回忆录》
新书《何藩:香港回忆录》与《昨日香港》、《生活剧场》一起构成何藩摄影三部曲。五、六十年代,何藩的摄影作品吸引了不少人前往香港旅游。对光的敏锐、精致的构图和等待“最佳时机”的耐心共同创造了令人印象深刻的作品。这些经典的作品纵使跨越几十年的时间长河依然能在现代观众心中产生共鸣。《何藩:香港回忆录》中,从未发布的旧照片采用蒙太奇手法进行修饰,带领我们重访那个逝去的旧时代。

 

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

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Related information:

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
www.aovertical.com
Schedule Events:     
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

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