Known as a “great master” in the photography circle, Fan Ho was born in Shanghai in 1931. He embarked on photography at the age of 14 when his father gave him a Rolleiflex camera as a birthday gift, and gained the first award of photography in his life within the first year. In 1949, he migrated to Hong Kong with his family. With his unique visual language of light and shadow and his understanding and enthusiasm for society and livelihood, he used his camera to record the Hong Kong street views in the 1950s and 1960s, which remain classics even nowadays.
His works are also collected by museums around the world, including the M+ in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, National Library of France, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Melbourne Maritime Museum. He is also a member of the Royal Photographic Society and of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK, as well as an honorary member of Photographic Societies of Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy and Belgium. In 2015, he was awarded the Special Contribution Award of the Second Global Chinese International Photography Award.
Fan Ho’s pursuit of aestheticism in images is also demonstrated in his film career. In the 1960s, he worked for Shaw Brothers as an actor. Acting in several famous films such as Love Without End, Journey to the West, and The Blue and the Black, he was best known for his role as the monk, Tripitaka, in Journey to the West. Thereafter he entered the film industry as a director. His experimental film Lost was in the list of the International Film Festivals of Cannes and Berlin in 1970. He directed more than 20 films and was active in the Hong Kong film industry in the 1970s and 1980s. His film works included Adventure in Denmark and The Adventurous Air-Steward, most of which were in the style of beauty and art. Until the 1990s, he retired and moved to America.
In his old age, he published the photography collections Hong Kong Yesterday, The Living Theatre, and A Hong Kong Memoir. These collections compile his lifelong classics and are passed down to generations.
On June 19, 2016, this internationally renowned photographer and director, accompanied by his family, passed away due to the pneumonia deterioration at the age of 84 at a hospital in San Jose, California. His family expressed deep sorrow for the death of their love.
Fan Ho’s personal homepage: http://www.fanhophotography.com/