B&W photography

Fan Ho – the unique eye at Hong Kong during the 1950’s and 1960’s

“At the beginning you must find the ideal location. Then you must be patient to find the right subject that arouses your interest, even if it’s just a cat . You must have the precise moment to catch the spirit, the essence, the soul of the person… If you don’t have the exact moment, you have to wait for the right feeling. It’s real creative work because you have to have the feeling inside.”

These words regarding his technique belong to the photographer Fan Ho and his works undoubtedly confirm them.

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Fan Ho

 

Fan Ho was born in Shanghai in 1937, but in 1949 his family immigrated to Hong Kong and that was the place where he started to discover the magic of the painting with light. Still in his youth, with his father’s Rolleiflex camera in hand, he began to explore the everyday life of the crowded metropolis and archive it with the help of the lenses. However, his goal was not just to document the bustle of the urban life. Like an invisible observer, he was looking out to capture the solitary moments we have with ourselves to unveil the beauty of the internal world. And by carefully mastering of the light, he succeeded to present the drama of the daily routine but through a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

In 1980, Fan Ho moved to San Jose, California, and tried his skills also as a film director, and even acted in several movies, but it is his photography that assigns him a place among the greatest masters.

Due to health problems, nowadays he has devoted his professional time mostly organizing his rich heritage and up to now he has published three books – ‘Hong Kong Yesterday’,’ The Living Theatre’ and ‘A Hong Kong Memoir

Fan Ho is represented by Modern Book Gallery.

 

Elliott Erwitt – the “amateur” photographer of the absurd moments

Elliott Erwitt was born in 1928  in Paris but since the mid of 40s he resides in New York. His eyes catch immediately the quirky sense of humor in ironic situations within our everyday life. The ludicrous moments we often find ourselves into but not being able even to recognize them. And here it comes Mr. Erwit – to show us the absurd side of the coin and makes us laugh.

Since 1953 he is a member of Magnum Photos where was invited to join by its founder Robert Capa.

Why Mr Erwitt’s works are so wildly appreciated? Probably because as he describes himself he is still and will remain always “an amateur photographer”, clarifying though that the word “amateur” comes from the Latin and means “to love”.

Mr. Erwitt’s official web site – http://www.elliotterwitt.com/lang/index.html